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House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, holds up the gavel during the first session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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**FILE** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, holds up the gavel during his acceptance speech on Jan. 5 at the first session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes the oath of office during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio delivers the oath of office to Republican members of the House of Representatives during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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House Speaker-desigante John Boehner of Ohio greets House members during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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House Speaker-desigante John Boehner of Ohio, left, poses for a photo with Rep. George Miller, California Democrat, and a flat Stacie doll, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, during the first session of the 112th Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Incoming House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, receives the gavel from his predecessor, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, during the opening session of the 112th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who is speaker-designate, greets fellow House members during the first session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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The gavel and sound block for House Speaker-designate John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is carried through Statuary Hall to the floor of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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House Speaker-designate John A. Boehner of Ohio walks out of his home on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, prior to the start of the 112th Congress. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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From left, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio, and House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor of Va., take part in a news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, following their meeting at the White House with President Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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From left, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio, and House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor of Va., take part in a news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, following their meeting at the White House with President Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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From left, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio, and House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor of Va., take part in a news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, following their meeting at the White House with President Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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From left, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor of Va., and House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio, leave a news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, where they talked about their meeting at the White House with President Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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NO MANEUVERING: The presumed House Speaker-to-be John A. Boehner says lawmakers will freely debate raising the debt ceiling. (Associated Press)

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Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio chats with ABC anchor Diane Sawyer in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Mr. Boehner is unlikely to be challenged for the position of House speaker. (Associated Press)

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Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (left) and presumed House Speaker-to-be Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, leave a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, basking in the afterglow of the huge GOP gains in the House, Senate and governorships. (Associated Press)