Boehner Forgives 12 GOP Defectors
'I don't hold grudges,' says speaker
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2013 11:24 AM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The dozen Republican members of Congress who gave John Boehner a public rebuke this week don't have to worry about payback, he says. "I'm not a retribution kind of guy," he told a closed-door conference meeting yesterday, reports the Hill. "I don't hold grudges." Boehner got re-elected to a second term as speaker, but the vote was unusually close thanks to the largely conservative gang of 12 who either voted for someone else or abstained.

Boehner will need all the unity he can get for his next task—getting a bill passed that raises the debt ceiling. He told Republicans that he will insist any such action be paired with spending cuts, a move he says the public supports. But President Obama reiterated today in his weekly address that Congress must raise the ceiling without negotiations, reports AP. It's a "dangerous game," he said. "If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic."

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Jan 6, 2013 10:33 AM CST
Od Boehner saying that ALL republicans should have voted for him? What happened to going to Washington and representing the people in your district, repubs and dems.. I'm so sick of party politics, I want them all to just fall off the face of the earth.
Jan 6, 2013 1:36 AM CST
emergawd Political drama!!!!!!!!!
Jan 6, 2013 12:57 AM CST
I was in favor of letting the Dub'Ya tax reductions expire on high income earners which is what Boehner was opposed to. But now I am with Boehner on not raising the debt ceilng until some really significant reduction in defense and entitlements programs are made. The debt ceiling is the only incentive for forcing some reduction in Federal spending by our head in the clouds president and our 100 pounds of lead in their ass congress. If the debt ceiling is again raised then I doubt Federal spending will be reduced enough to have any actual affect.