This “Senate first” strategy allows a divided House to sit back and watch Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) struggle to wrangle votes in a chamber filled with vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2014. But it also carries substantial risks. If Senate Republicans join with Democrats and push through major elements of Obama’s agenda, House Republicans could become isolated if they seek to dilute or block the legislative push…

In the last Congress, tensions between the House and Senate were so raw that Boehner’s aides coined a phrase as the Senate largely avoided tough votes during Obama’s reelection bid: They said the chamber has “gone limp,” according to several sources.

But now that the tables are turned, the sit-back-and-wait posture already is sparking some friendly fire from Senate Republicans, who have periodically sparred with the House GOP over its political tactics during the past two years.

“The House needs to up their game when it comes to oversight,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said, calling for more hearings on the deadly attacks in Benghazi last year. “Pick up your game a little bit over there.”