|DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press|
The holidays and three weeks away from the Capitol have tempered some of the bad feelings, but several
In the week before Christmas, House Republicans revolted against the
"A lot of us who went into battle turned around and no one was behind us," freshman Rep.
"A lot of us are still smarting," he added.
The two-month extension that Senate Republican and Democratic leaders
Grievances are certain to be aired at a House GOP retreat in
"It might be a little more spunky than normal," said Rep.
Senators come back to
The wave of Republicans who lifted the
Tea partyers who came to
"There was a
Boehner, who frequently had to rally the disparate elements of his caucus, was a bit bruised by the year's final act. Still, he remains well in control of his caucus, with Republicans recognizing that any leadership challenge or internal strife now would be politically disastrous.
In the coming year, House Republicans remain doubtful about accomplishing anything more than the must-do spending bills and a year-long extension of the
Uncertain is the fate of a highway bill and reauthorization of a farm bill, legislation that could mean jobs in a struggling economy but measures also likely to get caught up in the typical fight over how to pay for the programs.
Republicans are pinning their hopes on November's elections and the tantalizing possibility that the
"It's hard to see us getting out of the mess we're in until there's another election," Rooney said.
The year of brinksmanship produced little legislation that became law while approval ratings for
Republicans are gearing up for Obama campaign attacks on a "do-nothing
Last April, the House passed a
Ryan is expected to unveil another budget this spring. Mulvaney said the
Adding to the uncertainty in a volatile election year are the dozen or so House Republicans whose tea party purity about reducing the government's reach often outweighs re-election concerns, making other Republicans nervous as the party looks to hold onto its 50-seat edge.
Some have dubbed the tea partiers the "
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