For killing the attempted revival of earmarks. Congressional "earmarks" were a shadowy system that allowed Congresscritters to direct spending into their own districts. For worthy purposes like getting themselves reelected.
Republicans killed the earmark scam when they took control of the House back in 2010. Caused a lot of squealing from the democrats and RINO's.
Somehow the Congresscritters thought they could slip earmarks back in during the lame duck session. By all accounts they had the votes to open up the earmark black hole again. But Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, somehow managed to stop the stampede to the feeding trough. The whole matter will be put off until the next Congress in 2017.
Thank you Paul Ryan for saving us taxpayers from yet another money sink. There is a least one honest man serving in Congress.