Boehner Survives Biggest Revolt Since Civil War, Then Exacts Revenge

Wed Jan 7, 2015 AT 7:41 AM EST

House Speaker John Boehner was re-elected Tuesday, but not before a splinter group of Republicans led the largest rebellion against an incumbent speaker since the Civil War, the Washington Post reports. Speaker Boehner prevailed with 216 votes – 11 more than necessary – but he lost 24 Republicans. After the vote, Politico reports, Boehner immediately took revenge, kicking two of the Republican no votes off of the powerful House Rules Committee. 

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