House Republicans gird for the next budget battles

“We have less leverage on the next [government-funding bill] and on the next debt limit than we did right now,” said Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who has been at odds with party leaders since arriving in Washington late last year.

Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador looked even further ahead. “This is going to be about the 2014 election,” he said. “Are we going to go out there and articulate to the American people what our vision would have been, how this would have turned out better, if we had more conservatives in the House and we had a Republican majority in the Senate?” …

Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp hinted that some Republicans who chose not to take a hard stand against the health law might face primary challenges next year. Mr. Labrador said, “It was not very helpful when you have person after person going to the media and whining about how difficult this is.”

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