With the freshman class making up more than a third of the entire House GOP Conference, one of the first-term lawmakers could be a surprise pick for Boehner. Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.) is one of two freshmen serving on the Ways and Means Committee, and Republicans chose her for a leadership post at the National Republican Congressional Committee and to be the freshman representative on the Republican Policy Committee. Republican aides also suggested Rep. Allen West, a GOP firebrand who emerged as an unlikely champion of the debt deal and forceful advocate for Boehner, could be an option.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.