Steve Scalise (R) of Louisiana, fell short. It was a disastrous first official day on the job for the leadership trio, reconfigured after then-majority leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia primary race in an upset June 10. On Thursday, fingers pointed at Congressman Scalise, because he had been elected to his vote-counting post specifically to represent Southern, hard-line conservatives of which he is one. With Scalise on the team, the party was supposed to be more unified. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? Instead, the leadership faced an embarrassing debacle on the floor, followed by a contentious closed-door meeting with Republican members.
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