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Boehner Quiet on Trade Bill Whip Count

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Speaker John A. Boehner reminded reporters Thursday he is not the whip, dodging questions about timing and whether Republicans had enough votes to pass “fast-track” trade legislation at his weekly news conference.“I’m not the whip, so I don’t get into vote counts,” Boehner said, responding to earlier remarks by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that he would need 200 votes to pass a trade bill. When asked if trade legislation would pass the House before the end of June, Boehner replied, “sooner is better than later.”“If we don’t get it done in June, I don’t know why you think we’ll get it done in July.” Read more.

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