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Boehner funds DHS, avoids crisis with Democrats' help, but GOP divisions grow as 2016 nears

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, as the House votes on funding for the Homeland Security Department without provisions attached to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Despite holding the majority in the Senate and the House, Republicans were unable to overcome united opposition from Senate Democrats to the GOP strategy of trying to overturn Obama's immigration plan by linking them to funding for Homeland. They also suffered embarrassing internal divisions that left the country within hours of a partial agency shutdown last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, as the House votes on funding for the Homeland Security Department without provisions attached to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Despite holding the majority in the Senate and the House, Republicans were unable to overcome united opposition from Senate Democrats to the GOP strategy of trying to overturn Obama's immigration plan by linking them to funding for Homeland. They also suffered embarrassing internal divisions that left the country within hours of a partial agency shutdown last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  (The Associated Press)

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security. But Boehner and his leadership team appear destined to confront fratricidal fights for months to come. The friction exposes deep GOP ideological differences as the 2016 presidential campaign gets under way.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security. But Boehner and his leadership team appear destined to confront fratricidal fights for months to come. The friction exposes deep GOP ideological differences as the 2016 presidential campaign gets under way. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  (The Associated Press)

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio encounters a student tour group outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, as the House votes on funding for the Homeland Security Department without provisions attached to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Despite holding the majority in the Senate and the House, Republicans were unable to overcome united opposition from Senate Democrats to the GOP strategy of trying to overturn Obama's immigration plan by linking them to funding for Homeland. They also suffered embarrassing internal divisions that left the country within hours of a partial agency shutdown last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio encounters a student tour group outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, as the House votes on funding for the Homeland Security Department without provisions attached to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Despite holding the majority in the Senate and the House, Republicans were unable to overcome united opposition from Senate Democrats to the GOP strategy of trying to overturn Obama's immigration plan by linking them to funding for Homeland. They also suffered embarrassing internal divisions that left the country within hours of a partial agency shutdown last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  (The Associated Press)

House Speaker John Boehner's (BAY-nur's) job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues opposed.

The bill he backed Tuesday averted defunding the Department of Homeland Security while leaving President Barack Obama's deportation policies untouched.

But Boehner and his leadership team appear destined to confront fratricidal fights for months to come. The struggles expose the Republican Party's deep ideological divisions as the 2016 presidential campaign gets under way.

Even Boehner's most frequent House critics say his speakership is safe.

But two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the Homeland Security bill Tuesday. Democratic support saved it.

Boehner's defenders say he protects Republicans by letting them cast politically safe votes while he averts public-relations disasters such as shuttered federal agencies.

Some say similar showdowns are likely.