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House to vote today on Speaker for 113th Congress

House to vote today on Speaker for 113th Congress

Despite the large scale and outspoken dissatisfaction by many Republican lawmakers of Speaker Boehner following the fiscal cliff vote, most are in agreement that his speakership is not going to be legitimately threatened today.

That being said, today’s vote may not necessarily be the smooth sailing that it was for the Speaker in 2010, when he was unanimously approved by his party.

In addition to the problems surrounding the fiscal cliff, his decision to withhold a vote on an apparently pork-laden Sandy Relief bill has rubbed many Northeastern Republican law makers the wrong way. However, now that it appears a new vote for a relief bill is scheduled for tomorrow, Boehner looks to have quelled the rising tide of resistance. (Via The Hill)

For Boehner, Thursday’s vote for Speaker could be particularly punishing amid a week when the Ohio Republican pushed through a fiscal-cliff package that was wildly unpopular in his conference, and then scrapped a promised vote on federal relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The first move alienated conservatives who said the tax-and-spending package didn’t include nearly enough cuts; the second enraged Republicans from the Northeast, who were apoplectic Wednesday that the aid to their districts won’t come faster.

Reps. Pete King (R-N.Y.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) threatened to defect on the Speaker vote unless Boehner reversed course on the Sandy measure. After Boehner did an about face, they expressed support for the Ohio Republican.

We’ll update this post periodically as results come in. Procedurally, the path to the speakership is as follows:

The only way for someone to win the speakership is to win a majority (more than 50 percent) of all votes cast. If everybody votes, that means the winner must ultimately attract 218 votes. There are 234 Republicans in the new Congress, but if Boehner loses 17 of them, it’s enough to kick the vote to a second ballot — something that hasn’t happened since 1923.


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listingstarboard | January 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing. Boehner is terrified of having to return to the private sector and will do anything to save his own hide. I have come to the conclusion that the Saudis have bought and paid for most of the politicians of both parties.

    Pasturized in reply to listingstarboard. | January 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Huh? Boehner ran unopposed for his seat this past November. Even if he gets ousted as Speaker he can continue in the House. He’s safe as a backbencher, unless he gets primaried.

listingstarboard | January 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

Why do you think no Democrat runs against him? If he started to have a backbone and defend conservative values you better believe he would find himself in a fierce re-election battle. But as a wimpy squish he won’t be opposed.

If Boehner remains Speaker I’m done with the GOP.
NOTHING will get done as long as he’s in charge.
And after him it will be Pelosi’s turn.

I’m just waiting to hear one way or the other.

It’s official.

Boehner got 220.

He stays.

And I’m out.

The GOP can kiss my ass.

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