John Boehner was re-elected as U.S. House speaker with the support of 220 of his 233 newly elected caucus members, while about a dozen Republicans lodged symbolic protests against the Ohio Republican.
â€œPublic service was never meant to be an easy living; extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership,â€ said an emotional Boehner while addressing the House chamber. â€œSo if you have come here to see your name in the lights or to pass off a political victory as accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place. The door is right behind you.â€
Boehner, 63, will lead the 113th Congress as the 53rd speaker of the House, according to the U.S. House historian website. While receiving support from a solid majority of his caucus, he is facing a backlash from some lawmakers aligned with the anti-tax Tea Party movement.
In a show of their dissatisfaction, nine Republicans shouted out the names of other members — or party leaders no longer in office — to replace the speaker. Among those receiving protest votes was former Representative Allen West, of Florida, a Tea Party favorite who was defeated in last yearâ€™s election. One Republican voted present and two, both of whom were in the chamber, didnâ€™t cast ballots.
Disillusionment with Boehner largely stems from his agreement to advance on Jan. 1 a compromise measure that raised taxes on top earners without forcing significant budget cuts. The legislation averted more than $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and broad-based tax increases, or the so-called fiscal cliff, which were set to begin in January.
Representative Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican, said Boehner received a â€œno-confidenceâ€ vote when the compromise passed with only 85 of the chamberâ€™s 241 Republicans.
Huelskamp, who Boehner removed from the House Budget Committee for insubordination, said a telephone poll of his constituents showed that 88 percent of them didnâ€™t want him to support the speakerâ€™s re-election. He voted today for Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who is outspoken on cutting federal spending.
â€œWe need a conservative speaker,â€ Huelskamp said in an interview. â€œWe need a red-state speaker. There are plenty of people qualified to do the job, including people outside of this body. The speaker does not have to be a member of Congress.â€
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