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January 03, 2013


Boehner Boxed In

After passage of the fiscal-cliff deal and the House's inability to pass a Hurricane Sandy relief package, First Read notes House Speaker John Boehner "finds himself boxed in like never before."

Roll Call: "Over the past few weeks, the Ohio lawmaker has been raked over the coals by members of all stripes within his own party -- first by those seeking less spending in exchange for tax rate hikes, then by those seeking more spending for disaster aid. The public thrashing came to a head Wednesday when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ... blatantly accused Boehner of political cowardice for pulling a supplemental aid package for those affected by Superstorm Sandy."

That said, it's still likely that Boehner will be re-elected as speaker later today as the 113th Congress kicks off.












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