Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives speaker, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans as the party took full control of Congress. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives speaker on Tuesday (January 6) surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans as the party took full control of Congress. Boehner received 216 of 408 votes cast in a tense vote, with a growing faction of dissident House Republicans declining to vote for him and nearly depriving him of a majority. The group of Republican defectors was more than twice the dozen who withheld their support from him in an election two years ago, in an indication of stark party divisions that could make it hard to pass legislation. Boehner can afford to lose a few more Republican votes on tough legislation after November elections gave the party its largest House majority since 1947. But with Tuesday's vote indicating a more restive right flank, he may need to depend even more on Democrats to win close votes. A core group of conservatives had campaigned against Boehner, arguing he had done too little to cut spending and fight President Barack Obama's immigration and healthcare policies. The conservatives were particularly angry about Boehner's handling of a $1.1 trillion spending bill in December. They say the 1,600-page measure was negotiated in secret and failed to deny funds to agencies responsible for implementing Obama's executive immigration order, which lifts the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.