President Obama phoned Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE (R-Ohio) on Thursday to congratulate his frequent political foe on retaining the House gavel.
The call came a day after an aide to the Speaker told The Hill that BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE would no longer conduct private one-on-one negotiations with Obama. The pair's relationship was strained during last month's contentious "fiscal cliff" negotiations.
Boehner narrowly won reelection on the first ballot in a dramatic vote that saw nine GOP members vote for other members of the House and several others abstain. Conservative Republicans complained that Boehner had given too much ground in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, and was unable to garner enough support even within the party for his own plan. Other dissenters were angered by Boehner's decision to strip some members of their preferred committee assignments.
Boehner's bare majority vote stood in marked contrast to his election two years ago, when he won all 241 available Republican votes.
The call with Boehner came after Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote MORE (R-Va.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) phoned the president earlier in the afternoon to inform him of the results of the election.
"The House leaders relayed that a quorum of the House has been assembled, a Speaker and clerk have been elected and that the 113th Congress is ready to receive any communication that he will make," said a senior administration official. "The president thanked the two leaders, congratulated them and extended well wishes to all members of the new Congress.”
Cantor tweeted a photo of his call with the president, who is vacationing in Hawaii.