Jan 7, 2015 11:58 AM

House GOP tries to regroup after divisive speaker vote

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) House Republicans are divided over whether conservative dissidents who opposed Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) in his election as speaker should be punished for it.

The divisions surfaced in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, a day after Boehner suffered 25 defections on the way to winning re-election as speaker.

Boehner moved swiftly in the hours after the vote to deny two of his opponents, Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent of Florida, reappointment to the House Rules Committee.

However he indicated Wednesday morning that the decision was not final.

Some Boehner allies are arguing that the speaker should make those punishments stick, and take other steps against those who opposed him.

But other lawmakers say House Republicans need to move on and put their internal divisions behind them.


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