Cardinals to Boehner: Crack whip

Wanted to flag this quote for you as you all work on your year-end legislative business stories. Even Rep. Jack Kingston acknowledges the leverage House Democrats have in keeping controversial policy riders out of remaining appropriations bills:

“‘As we negotiated these last three bills, we went into it with a fairly strong position and it was really House Republicans and Senate Democrats that drove the train, but as we go into the next nine bills — now — it’s going to be House Democrats at the table in a major way because we have to have their votes to pass the bill, and they know that and we know that,’ Kingston said, predicting that ‘sticky issues’ such as contentious riders restricting the power of the Obama administration will likely get tabled.”