House starts Boehner speakership vote

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks from a meeting with House Republicans about a solution for the "fiscal cliff" on Capitol HillWASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the new U.S. Congress convened on Thursday, the House of Representatives began voting for a speaker, with Republican John Boehner favored to win re-election despite a troubled few weeks during the "fiscal cliff" debate. No Republican had stepped forward to oppose Boehner and with his party controlling the chamber, 233 to 200 with two vacancies, he looked set to retain his post. But, presuming that all House members turn up for the session, the vote would go to a second round if 17 Republicans or more do not back Boehner. …

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