House Speaker John Boehner took a lot of heat in January when he rubber-stamped the president’s job-crushing tax increases. Indeed, an entire movement sprang up on Twitter — symbolized by the hashtag #FireBoehner — in the weeks prior to the “compromise” urging conservative members of Congress to oust him from his position of leadership in part because he publicly proposed tax hikes as part of the negotiations. The initiative failed, of course, but that didn’t stop Republicans from bristling at Boehner’s supposed betrayal and questioning his leadership. Now, it seems, that’s all water under the bridge — at least for now.
Today, however, and unlike the president, the leader of the lower chamber is actually serious about cutting operational spending — which is estimated to save taxpayers some $400 million by January 2014 (via USA Today):