Weakened Boehner still likely to hang on to Speakership

Though House Speaker John Boehner is poised to hang on to his Speakership in Thursday’s vote, he enters the new session of Congress considerably weaker than the last.Boehner has been hearing it from both flanks of his caucus, with 151 members of his own party voting against the “fiscal cliff” deal, and Republican New York Reps. Peter King and Michael Grimm expressing outrage that Republican leadership failed to call a vote over Hurricane Sandy relief aid.The Hill reported this morning:Boehner could also face opposition from the four Republicans punished this month for bucking leadership. Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Dave Schweikert (Ariz.) were all stripped of their committee posts by the Boehner-led GOP Steering Committee, and they’ve been grumbling ever since. There has been speculation that 17 Republicans could join forces and deny Boehner the majority he needs to become Speaker. House rules dictate that a lawmaker must receive a majority of the votes in order to get the Speaker’s gavel. Republican lawmakers, including one who is not fond of Boehner, said no such effort is under way.Continue Reading…

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Weakened Boehner still likely to hang on to Speakership

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