John Boehner

U.S. Speaker Boehner says doesn't like being called 'spineless'

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. House Republicans began the new Congress with old divisions on display Wednesday, bitter fallout from a failed rebellion against Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he doesn’t like being called “spineless” or a “squish” by critics, and he vowed to prove his mettle to lawmakers who bopposed his re-election earlier this week. Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House on Tuesday even as 25 members of his own Republican party declined to support him, the biggest such intra-party rebellion against a speaker candidate since 1859. His detractors, many of them on the right wing of his party, say Boehner is too prone to compromise with Democrats. …

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