Boehner plays down Republican dissent; says it's over tactics not goals

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Posted: Mar 01, 2015 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner played down any possible risk to his continuing leadership on Sunday, saying that disagreements with fellow Republicans were over tactics and not goals.

"We do have some members who disagree from time to time over the tactics that we decide to employ. But remember that Republicans are united in this idea that the president has far exceeded his constitutional authority," he said in an interview on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

The House narrowly averted a shutdown of funding to the Department of Homeland Security on Friday after Boehner failed to rein in conservative Republicans.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Frances Kerry)