Skip to comments.Boehner: There’s no rule that says I need a Republican majority in order to pass bills in the House
Posted on 04/11/2013 5:23:04 PM PDT by Red Steel
This is exactly what you want to hear with bills on gun control and immigration in the pipeline.
Dude, Im nervous.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled Thursday that he may continue to bypass a House Republican rule [i.e. the "Hastert Rule"] that has required any legislation being voted upon to have the support of a majority of the GOP conference
He said at a news conference Thursday that he will continue to try and follow it in spirit, but also suggested he might well violate it for upcoming votes on guns, immigration and the budget.
Listen: It was never a rule to begin with, Boehner said. And certainly my prerogative my intention is to always pass bills with strong Republican support.
Hes violated the Hastert Rule several times on budgetary matters, most notably the fiscal-cliff deal (and as recently as two days ago), but caving on cultural hot-buttons like background checks and amnesty has the makings of a Category Five shinolastorm among the base. Some House conservatives are already warning him not to cross the line:
The effort is being led by Reps. Paul Broun, a Senate hopeful gunning for Georgias open seat, and Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican who gained notoriety earlier this year for inviting rocker/2nd Amendment-defender Ted Nugent to the State of the Union.
We are writing to express our strong opposition to legislation requiring private sale background checks for firearms purchases, the letter reads. Under the precedents and traditions of the House, we would ask that no gun legislation be brought to the floor of the House unless it has the support of a majority of our caucus.
A spokesman for Rep. Stockman says more than 45 Republicans have signed the letter, although its doubtful a Hastert majority of the House GOP will endorse it.
Other House members are warning him to follow regular order on immigration and not try to rush the bill through. Could a bill even get through GOP-dominated House committees, though? The only way to get something passed might be to violate both the Hastert Rule and regular order: Bypass the committees, rush something to the floor, and then hope that a unanimous Democratic caucus and critical mass of 30 or so GOP squishes rams it through. The question is, what if that happens? Will the caucus, under the microscope of a shady amnesty vote, be forced to oust him as Speaker? Or is Jonathan Bernstein right that tea-party congressmen kind of like the idea of seeing popular legislation pass, which arguably helps the party in the aggregate, while being able to vote no on it, which helps them in their home districts? Its certainly true that, for all of Boehners anti-Hastert-Rule heresies, theres been no serious effort to depose him. But maybe on immigration and, especially, on guns, the caucus would have no choice. If a bad bill passes and they dont dump him, conservatives back home might hold it against them regardless of whether they voted no on the bill itself.
I happened to walk by a TV with CNN on today. They were discussing orgasms. Really? If this is really what we have to appeal to, it's over.
Boehner and the GOPe have gone over to the dark side. The are now officially the GOP branch of the socialist democrat party. May the GOP dogs rest well in their socialist master’s laps.
In the mean time, the conservative Americans are plotting your political demise.
The DHS Insider said that there are Repubs that are part of the grand plot to destroy the country. Perhaps there identities are coming to light.
Well there is no rule that a non-conservative RINO could not serve as Speaker of the House in a Republican majority either but ... hey we already have that!
Boehner- the Judas Goat
Owned. By 0bama and the Left.
I’m beginning to think you’re right—perhaps this despicable alcoholic was enticed/entrapped, by progressive Democrat operatives, into an act of pedophilia while he was in one of his alcoholic hazes. And now is being subjected to selective, strategic blackmail.
Where are our leaders of integrity? Why are we afflicted by the Boehners of the world? John, where is your honor? What will your children think of you when they, and THEIR children, must reap and live with the horrific harvest that you are sowing?
I don’t think these jackholes understand what dangerous ground they tread.
When both parties join to destroy our constitutional God-given rights, they will both pay an equal price for their treason.
Your job is to defend and protect the Constitution.
I suggest you spend adequate time to understand the meaning of the word "infringe".
I think it was 16 Senators alledged to be Republicans who broke the filibuster.
Their names are right out front.
Of Course Lyndsey and his butt buddy McCain were right there.
Really, I don't think it's blackmail. Instead, in Boehner, you have a lifelong politician -- who conceives of himself as a servant of government (not of the people).
He's not an ideologue, he's a technician. And it's his "job" to pass legislation -- to make government "work".
Boehner is not a "leader" or a "big thinker" -- nor, necessarily, a "bad man" -- he's just horribly miscast for the job at hand.
More than anything, the Conservative Movement is in dire need of leaders. And we have none...
Boehner makes Neville Chamberlain look like Dirty Harry.
It’s beginning to look like Boehner is a “scumbag”.
You're a more positive man than I. Boehner has overstayed his welcome much longer than that. The GOP will likely lose the House no matter what happens from this point on.
The GOP should have dumped the chump when they had the chance in Jan. He is a constant liability and a collaborater with the left.
The Gope can kiss it. Goodbye GOPe
Depending on what happens in the senate vote, I will be calling my GOP rep and letting him know that I will be stay home in 2014 unless the leadership changes and grows a backbone. We need millions more to do the same. Force the leadership to protect the constitution, or oust the leadership pronto. Otherwise we will stay home.
Interesting theory. I was thinking being gay or having an affair would almost be a career enhancement for him, given his already being so in bed with the dems. But something like what you suggest would be so repugnant, so destructive, the grip over him would be absolute. I think you might be on to something. But to do us any good, we would need real evidence. Too bad we don’t have the connections to dig this out for ourselves. And it might not even be true. But it does seem to explain the well timed groveling.
Do you remember this story surfacing and then quickly disappearing about Boehner’s affairs?
Hey Johnny. Barry is on the phone. He wants to know how you like your steak cooked.