House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walk together to a meeting of the House Republican Caucus to discuss the Senate's legislation that is supposed to blunt the effects of the 'fiscal cliff' during a rare New Year's Day session January 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Demonstrating the ongoing power struggle in the GOP, Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, voted against the tax deal reached last night, while speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, voted in favor of the Senate drafted legislation.
The deal, which retained tax levels for the vast majority of Americans while allowing taxes to rise on incomes above 400,000, was strongly opposed by the tea party component of the GOP, and gained less than half of the party’s votes in the House. Boehner faces ongoing questions about his leadership, as he lost control of his caucus during a failed effort to produce a tax alternative termed Plan B. Cantor, beloved by the debt hawks, may well be the man to take his job should Boehner be pushed from his post.
More pictures from the fiscal cliff drama after the break…
Vice President Joe Biden, before a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus Jan 1. Biden served as the negotiator in the revived Senate deal. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who once again helped broker a deal when the House had difficulty. McConnell was the one who devised the last debt ceiling fix, allowing the President to raise the ceiling while giving the GOP cover in permitting dissenting votes. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who managed to keep her caucus together in support of the Senate legislation despite concerns from the left that the tax deal didn't raise enough revenue. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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