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Boehner re-elected speaker, Amash gets one vote

4:39 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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AP graphic of U.S. Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House.

WASHINGTON (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - As expected, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio is the speaker of the U.S. House for the 113th Congress sworn in today.

But he didn't get all the votes of his fellow Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Cascade Township in West Michigan refused the speaker his vote during the roll call this afternoon. Instead, he voted for Idaho Republican Raul Labrador - who happened to be seen sitting beside Amash as well.

Not long ago, Amash was moved off the House Budget Committee by the panel that controls assignments and is controlled by Boehner. The fiercely independent Amash, during his first 2-year term in office, broke with Republican leaders on several occasions, saying that he felt like they didn't go far enough in trying to downsize the cost of government.

Boehner still won the speakership with relative ease, as predicted, as he collected most of the Republican votes in the House - as well as the votes of the other eight Republicans in Michigan's 14-member House delegation.

That included the vote of Michigan's newest member, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford. All of the state's Democratic members voted for that party's leader in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.

Amash actually got a vote of his own for speaker - from Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. John Dingell - a Dearborn Democrat who has served in the House longer than anyone in history (back to 1955) - got one, too, from Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah.

Detroit Free Press

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