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Boehner expected to be re-elected as Speaker despite “insurgents”

(Photo by Win McNamee of Getty Images)
(Photo by Win McNamee of Getty Images)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to hold onto the top position in the House (a job he has held since 2011) when that body votes later today. But some in his own party are not happy about it.

According to Roll Call, a bloc of somewhere between 12 and 20 House Republicans to the right of Rep. Boehner plan to vote for another of their Republican colleagues for speaker instead of Boehner because they feel the longtime representative has not done enough to oppose the policies of President Obama. Three alternatives that have proposed by House conservatives are Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Florida), and Ted Yoho (R-Florida).

Despite the apparent rebellion within his own party, Boehner would have to lose 28 Republican votes (assuming all House Democrats do not vote for any Republican nominee) in order to lose on the first ballot and force a second ballot. However, Roll Call reports that Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) has said that as of Tuesday morning, the anti-Boehner bloc included 17 representatives, well short of the necessary 28 to force a second ballot.

The rest of the House Republican leadership, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), who was considered vulnerable to keep his job after it was revealed last week that he spoke to a white supremacist group back in 2002, are both expected to return to their leadership posts.

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