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Boehner faces conservative opposition in speaker vote

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a vocal conservative in the GOP challenge to President Obama's immigration order, emerges from a closed-door meeting with Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Just days before government funding expires, House Republican leaders are trying to strike a balance between the conservatives determined to stop President Barack Obama’s immigration order and other lawmakers just as determined to avoid another politically damaging shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner is expected to be re-elected as House of Representatives Speaker on Tuesday, but a vocal and growing pocket of conservative opposition could hamper his ability to pass difficult legislation this year. Representative Steve King of Iowa and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana on Monday became the latest prominent conservatives to announce they would vote against Boehner for a third term as speaker. …

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