GOP Rebels Declare (a Kind of) Victory with Immigration Bill

They failed to overthrow John Boehner, but they think they won.

Representative Ted Yoho, a Republican from Florida and sponsor of the House immigration bill, H.R. 5759, Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014, center, speaks to reporters after voting in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The first week of the 114th Congress began with a pitched, predictable battle between the Republican leadership of the House and two dozen rebellious conservatives. It will end with Republicans revealing a series of immigration amendments to the must-pass bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. That, for the time being, has satisfied the people who were at war with their own party, and pitted them against the Democrats.

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