House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to stick around in leadership at the beginning of the 112th Congress angered a number of her partys moderates, who would have preferred her longtime rival, Rep. Steny Hoyer.
But her decision to stick around angered a number of the partyís moderates, who would have preferred her longtime rival, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), 72, as the Caucusís new leader. Hoyer declined to challenge Pelosi and was selected as Whip instead. The moderates still mounted a futile effort to topple her. About 43 Democrats voted for Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) instead of Pelosi for Leader, and 19 refused to vote for her for Speaker in the vote enshrining Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) in that role in January.
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.