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Democrats Beating GOP in Divide and Conquer Game

In this Jan. 13. 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama has vetoed just two measures in his six years in the White House, the fewest by any U.S. president since the 1880s. But since the Republicans have assumed control of both houses of Congress this month for the first time in his presidency, Obama has threatened to veto five more.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
In this Jan. 13. 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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.

 

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