OH Rep. John Boehner was elected to a second term as Speaker of the House. Unlike his first term, where all Republicans voted for him, 12 GOP lawmakers either abstained or voted for someone else.
Still, it's got to be a relief considering heat the Ohioan took from fellow Republicans for relying largely on Democratic votes to clear the fiscal cliff deal.
Along those lines, the previous Republican speaker, J. Dennis Hastert (IL) is warning Boehner not to do it again. In a FOX News Radio interview the retired lawmaker defended his use of the "Hastert rule," under which legislation would not go to the floor without the support a majority of the Republican majority. Hastert said Thursday that while you might have to break that rule once or twice, by doing so Boehner is going down a dangerous path.
"When [you] start making deals where you have to get Democrats to pass the legislation, you're not in power anymore," Hastert said. "When you start passing stuff that your members are not in line with, all of a sudden your ability to lead is in jeopardy because somebody else is making decisions."
The Hill reported Wednesday that Boehner will no longer engage in private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama. Instead, he will let the House come up with its own legislation for the Senate to handle.
Via Fox News Radio and The Hill.