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House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, takes questions March 29, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this March 1, 2012, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to criticize President Barack Obama's energy policies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said that conversations would continue in the House about a longer term approach to the nation's transportation needs. For now, he said he is willing to take up a Senate transportation bill. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner wrote to President Obama about greenhouse gas rule-making: "These rules ... stand to cost 180,000 American jobs per year." (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, talks about an accord on the payroll-tax cut on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, accompanied by fellow GOP leaders, talks on Feb. 15, 2012, about an accord on the payroll tax cut negotiations during a news conference on Capitol Hill. From left are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Mr. Boehner, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker John A. Boehner (right), Ohio Republican, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, speak Feb. 9, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) departs after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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An audience member listens to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (left) and House Speaker John A. Boehner applaud. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

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Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applaud President Barack Obama as the president gives his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks Jan. 18, 2012, on Capitol Hill as the House returned to work from its winter recess. (Associated Press)

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In this Dec. 20, 2011, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks off the floor of the House chamber in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, front right, shakes hands with a boy during a visit to the Vidigal slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Boehner toured a Rio de Janeiro shantytown that has recently been taken over from drug traffickers by police. Boehner is leading a seven-member congressional delegation to Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Some lawmakers suspected that House Speaker John A. Boehner had acquiesced in the two-month extension of payroll tax cuts that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell worked out, and he was challenged on it in a closed-door meeting. Mr. Boehner bristled at the accusation, according to several participants, and denied it flatly. (Associated Press)