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GOP Rightward Trend

In this July 8, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner, left, R-Ohio; House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the Republican Conference chairwoman, exit the House side of the U.S. Capitol to walk down the steps for a news conference in Washington on federal student loan rates which doubled on July 1. House Republicans feel growing pressure to steer firmly right on key issues, thanks to changes in primary-election politics that are complicating Congressí ability to solve big problems.