Boehner survives conservative challenge, re-elected U.S. House speaker

Boehner takes the gavel from Pelosi after being re-elected speaker on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives speaker on Tuesday, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans that may signal a growing split in the party as it takes full control of Congress. Boehner received 216 of 408 votes, with a growing faction of dissident House Republicans opposing him because they said he had done too little to cut spending and fight President Barack Obama’s immigration and healthcare policies. …

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