President Barack Obama faces the challenge of a conservative, tea party infused Republican House. Rank and file GOP members have already flexed their muscle, demanding spending cuts to offset aid for Superstorm Sandy victims. They fell short in their push but it was a clear signal that they would great headaches not only for Obama but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
In fact, the speaker narrowly retained his leadership post, putting down a mini rebellion of conservatives in one of the first votes of the session. In the next few weeks, Obama will face further demands for spending cuts in response to rising deficits.
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