Instead, at the last minute, he was forced to accept a deal that contained few of the Republican priorities he could have gotten by accepting what Obama was offering on Dec. 17.
Boehner’s recent difficulty in getting his members to follow his recommendations “all rolls off his back” because “he feels pretty confident about his leadership, about the strength of his leadership,” said Florida Republican Rich Nugent, a first-year House member.
Boehner isn’t “looking over his back and worried about it, at least he doesn’t exhibit that to us,” Nugent said.
Nor should Boehner be worried about challenges to his speakership, said Nugent, a former sheriff.
“Having been a chief executive, there’s always people who agree and disagree with your leadership,” he said.
The bill would reinstate tax cuts that expired Dec. 31 on taxable income of individuals up to $400,000 and of married couples of up to $450,000, leaving those top earners with a marginal tax rate of 39.6 percent, up from 35 percent last year.
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