Boehner, Blunt Remain Atop House GOP
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NPR's Julie Rovner has the story.
JULIE ROVNER: Blunt told reporters the faces may be the same, but that the leaders have already learned some important lessons from last week's losses.
ROY BLUNT: No question that a week ago, 10 days ago, we were disappointed, as a conference, as individuals, as members of Congress. There's also question in the last 10 days, our conference has come together with an appreciation for the opportunity to redefine who we are, to provide the kind of alternatives that we want to provide, to look forward the future - frankly, to get rid of the bad habits that we may have developed in 12 years in the majority.
ROVNER: Further down the leadership ranks are some new faces, including Oklahoma's Tom Cole. He'll take over as head of the House Republican Campaign Committee in charge of trying to win back the majority. But Republicans realized that will take a new strategy, said Mike Burgess of Texas, during a break in today's voting.
MIKE BURGESS: We're out of the legislating business January 4th. So we don't have the votes to win on the floor. We have to win the argument, we had to be prepared every day to win the argument on the floor, and win the argument in the press, win the argument in the committee, be prepared to lose the vote and then take our case to the American people in two years, and I think we'll be in good shape before we do that.
ROVNER: Julie Rovner, NPR News, Washington.
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