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House Speaker John A. Boehner hasn’t been able to quit smoking, but there’s at least one habit he’s ready to give up.

Last week, the Ohio Republican reluctantly allowed a Senate-written measure on domestic violence to pass even though a majority of his party’s members opposed it — the third time in the past two months he let such a scenario occur in GOP-run chamber.

But he told reporters Tuesday “it’s not a practice that I would expect to continue long term.”

“We tried everything we could to find — to get the differences in our conference resolved” on the measure, Mr. Boehner said. “The fact is, is they couldn’t resolve their differences; it was time to deal with this issue, and we did.”

The 286-138 vote to renew the Violence Against Women Act included “yes” votes from 199 Democrats and 87 Republicans. The measure earlier had passed the Senate on a bipartisan 78-22 vote.

Measures to avert the “fiscal cliff” and provide funding for Superstorm Sandy victims also passed the House this calendar year with a majority of Democratic votes.

Mr. Boehner could face a repeat of the situation later this week, when a bill that would continue funding the federal government at current spending levels hits the floor. Some House Republicans have suggested they’re willing to let the current funding authority expire March 27 — a move that would trigger a government shutdown — unless the measure includes spending cuts.

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