Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was re-elected Speaker of the House on Thursday after a week of rumors of a possible GOP revolt.
won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other
GOP members, and several others who abstained from voting or voted
"present." Two years ago, Boehner won all available 241 GOP votes.
In a vote that opened the 113th Congress, Boehner received 220 votes
compared to 192 for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), the minority leader.
Fourteen members voted for other candidates or present.
from Boehner included Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who voted for Rep. Raul
Labrador (R-Idaho). Freshman Reps. Jim Bridenstein (R-Okla.) and Ted
Yoho (R-Fla.) and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) all voted for Majority
Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), but Cantor himself voted for Boehner.
Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) voted for outgoing
member Allen West (R-Fla.). Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) voted for former
Comptroller General David Walker. Speakers of the House do not have to
be members of the House, although they all have been.
Rep. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) voted for Amash, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
who had already been elected minority leader, won all but a handful of
Democratic votes on the floor. Two years ago, 19 Democrats vote for
Boehner was re-elected just days after facing
one his toughest tests as Speaker of the House, the negotiations over
the fiscal cliff. After talks with the White House stalled, Boehner
pushed his "plan B," which would have increased taxes on income above $1
million and ended up including GOP-favored spending cuts.
legislation cutting spending passed, his tax plan was pulled from the
House, after which Boehner then demanded that the Senate pass a deal
that the House could consider.
When the Senate bill delayed
planned sequester cuts and raised taxes on the wealthy, several
Republicans initially demanded that the House amend the bill and send it
to the Senate. Boehner said he would not bring up an amendment unless
it could pass, and ultimately, no amendment was considered and Boehner
voted for the Senate deal.
Just minutes later, Boehner faced a
barrage of criticism from Republicans and Democrats in the Northeast,
who said Boehner should be ashamed for delaying a vote on a Hurricane
Sandy relief bill.
That fight led Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and
Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) to say they may not vote for Boehner as Speaker.
But by Wednesday afternoon, Boehner said the House would vote on a $9
billion aid package, which seemed to defuse that issue. Both King and
Grimm voted for Boehner as Speaker on Thursday.