“House Republicans left Washington on Wednesday morning for a retreat that will be focused on unifying the conference after the fractious fight over the “fiscal cliff," and preparing for upcoming policy battles,” The Hill notes. “Several sources said the annual gathering, held this year at the tony Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., would have a different tone than previous years.”
“Speaker John A. Boehner’s decision to allow a bill to pass with only 49 Republican votes Tuesday has some in his party questioning whether this is the new normal and has at the same time delighted Democrats, who believe they might be able to produce similar results in the battles ahead,” Roll Call reports.
Boehner’s not the only one in a tough spot. Harry Reid is now in one on guns, notes The Hill: “The push for gun control puts Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a tough political spot. Reid’s job is to help move President Obama’s agenda through the upper chamber, but he must also protect his five-seat Senate majority, and gun-rights groups are threatening to go after vulnerable Senate Democrats who back the president’s calls for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.”