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Boehner Gains House Speaker Post with Defense Industry Support

Defense News reports that “US Rep. John Boehner will again serve as speaker of the House, re-elected by his colleagues just months after America’s biggest arms makers helped fill his campaign war chest.”  

“Boehner received a majority of the 408 votes cast, with Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi getting 164. Other House members received 25 votes. Conservative GOP Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jeff Sessions of Alabama each got a vote. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell got a vote, and one lawmaker voted present.”  

“Boehner’s re-election places a longtime ally of the US military and defense sector back in the Speaker’s office, with the Ohio Republican beating back challengers from the GOP’s tea party wing.”

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