Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, THE HILL
WASHINGTON (The Hill)—Democrats may be flailing in the minority on Capitol Hill, but newly empowered Republicans have fared far worse in the opening act of the 114th Congress.
While nothing new, GOP divisions have been especially pronounced this January.
On Day One of “America’s new Congress,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had to beat back a rebellion from 25 conservatives seeking to oust him from the top job.
House Republicans passed a critical Homeland Security Department funding bill, only to hear some Senate counterparts warn it was too conservative to clear the upper chamber.
And uprisings from both moderates and conservatives have embarrassed GOP leaders, forcing them to pull an abortion bill one week and border security bill the next.