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Colin Powell, Allen West, Eric Cantor All Get Votes in John Boehner Vote

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert votes for Allen West for House Speaker. West is no longer even a member of Congress. There was one other vote so far for West.

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) just voted for Colin Powell for Speaker of the House over Nancy Pelosi (the persumed Democratic vote). Colin Powell, is, of course, not a member of Congress.

Other people who received votes for Speaker so far: Eric Cantor, Raul Labrador, Nancy Pelosi, David Walker, Jim Cooper, Justin Amash.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) votes Amash for Speaker. Both Massie and Amash are acolytes of retired Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). 

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) a Blue Dog Democrat, defected from Pelosi.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who abstained from voting earlier, votes for Boehner.

House Speaker Vote: Boehner Hangs On For Another 2 Year Term

House re-elects John Boehner as speaker, gives embattled Republican another two-year term.

 

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Eric Cantor: Who is the Guy Who Could Unseat John Boehner?

At least 20 House Republicans have gotten together to unseat Speaker John Boehner, and they are reportedly considering House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia to take the helm. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, while Boehner voted for it.

Apart from Boehner, Cantor is the next obvious choice for the positon. Cantor is staunchly pro-Israel, anti-stem cell research, anti-affirmative action (according to the NAACP), and very anti-gun control. He is anti-steep taxes ... but not as free-market oriented as someone like Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). Cantor has proposed intiatives which purport to help small businesses grow, including a 20% tax cut for businesses that employ fewer than 500 people.

In August 2008 news reports surfaced that Cantor was being considered as John McCain's Vice Presidential running mate, with McCain's representatives seeking documents from Cantor as part of its vetting process. Those rumors were later scoffed at by John McCain as just a rumor from the Cantor camp. The idea for Cantor to be McCain's running mate was supported by conservative leaders like Richard Land and Erick Erickson.

Cantor faced a primary challenger, Floyd C. Bayne, in the June 12th, 2012 Republican Primary. Cantor won that primary and then defeated Democratic challenger Wayne Powell.

What Happens if Boehner Loses the House Speaker Position?

There seems to be a Republican civil war in the House right now. The fiscal cliff vote earlier this week divided House GOP leaders, with the second- and third-ranking Republicans, Eric Cantor of Virginia and Kevin McCarthy of California, among the 151 in their party voting no. Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), casting a rare vote, and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee, voted in favor.

A change in congressional Republican leadership has implications for the strategy and priorities of Congress. If a more hard-line Republican (a heavy fiscal conservative especially) gets voted into the speaker position, we could expect more friction between the House, President Barack Obama, and the Democraticly-controlled Senate.

A more far-right conservative agenda may be pushed by the new speaker, including heavy government spending cuts. Any Democratic legislation from the Senate would be assaulted by conservative House leadership, and, on the flip side, the Senate would likely assail any House legislation. 

If a Tea Party representative gets control of the position, expect massive partisan conflict among Congress and the White House. 

John Boehner House Speaker Vote LIVE: Congress Reelects Boehner

Are House Republicans about to get a new leader?

On Thursday, as the 113th Congress is sworn in, House members will convene to elect a speaker of the House.

Some conservatives are claiming change is in the air. House Republicans, reportedly, are dissatisfied with current Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has held the position since 2010. Boehner’s perceived failure in the recent fiscal cliff — agreeing to tax hikes and deep avoiding deficit-curbing spending cuts — negotiations cost him political capital and street cred among conservatives, especially the far-right Tea Party and libertarian contingent.

A change in congressional Republican leadership has implications for the strategy and priorities for Congress. If a more hard-line Republican gets voted into the speaker position, we could expect more friction between the House, President Obama, and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

But will Boehner lose?

A (highly unscientific) Drudge Report poll — a website which is among the biggest conservative voices in America — gave ominous signs about Boehner’s job security, with a vast majority of Drudge users calling for an end to Boehner’s term.

 

In an appearance on CNBC, American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer said there are more than 20 House Republicans willing to vote for someone other than Boehner. As Breitbart reports, Meyer and AMA correctly predicted Republican opposition to Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B" and the overwhelming House Republican opposition to Vice President Joe Biden’s and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s fiscal cliff deal that passed the House on Tuesday evening.

The House of Representatives passed the fiscal cliff bill by a 257-167 vote, with Dems mostly backing the bill and one-third of Republicans in favor (151 of 236 Republicans in the House (64%) voted against the bill). The vote divided House GOP leaders, with the second- and third-ranking Republicans, Eric Cantor of Virginia and Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, among the 151 in their party voting no. Boehner, casting a rare vote, and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee, voted in favor.

The final deal raises taxes for couples with taxable household income above $450,000, but does not resolve the big underlying issues: Obama and Congress have less than two months to work out agreements to raise the debt ceiling and address the budget cuts postponed in the bill.

Boehner is running unopposed to keep his job as House speaker for a second term, but the Ohio Republican’s reelection bid – the first vote of the 113th Congress, which convenes on Thursday – is nonetheless a churn of rumor and controversy.

It would take just 17 GOP dissenters to force a second ballot in Thursday’s 12:45 p.m. voice vote and force, perhaps, Boehner to withdraw his candidacy for reelection as speaker.

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