12/11/2012 09:57 am ET Updated Feb 10, 2013

Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan Work to Protect Boehner Fiscal Cliff Plan From Tea Party

As Speaker John Boehner negotiates on a tax-and-spending deal, he's counting on fellow House Republicans Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor to provide the cover he will need to pass a plan with a majority of party members.

Ryan, this year's vice presidential nominee and the Republicans' top budget authority, and Majority Leader Cantor, known for his sway over the caucus's anti-tax members, are part of Boehner's strategy team as he seeks agreement with President Barack Obama.

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