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.
The Franklin Cover Up involved both sides of the aisle.
No reason to believe blackmail hasn’t continued in some form or another.
“.......I say fighting is useless.....Its time to start thinking of which exit to use.”
As for me, I think the country of my birth is worth fighting for. So I’ll continue to do that even if I find myself in the midst of defeatists.
I guess you missed the Heaven’s Gate Hale-Bopp express the last time it picked up passengers.
Apparently, most of the “Republican” “lawmakers” would rather have a Democrat House than to dump Boehner; they don’t want to offend the critical state of OH, I guess.
He really needs to go the the local Sporting Goods store for a case of BALLS ‘cause he ain’t got any!
John Boehner says: “For that matter, who needs a Republican Majority in the House at all?”
Who would’ve thought we’d all miss Speaker Hastert. But I sure as hell do.
Agreed. He acts like such a loser. He sounds smart just wimps out all the time and let’s the country get screwed. But he’s in the spot where he could do a lot of good if hed only go shopping as you suggest. Hero Boehner!
Thank you for posting this — It makes me angry, but not at you.
How in the world did this demonically controlled person become “leader” of the Republicans??
I have been saying this for a while, IT’S TIME TO BLAST THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS (and tell everyone you know): John Boehner IS the “Neville Chamberlain” of modern American politics!!
If the evil statists of both parties succeed in destroying our Republic, then I pray every single one of them are hunted down, put in chains and put on trial for high treason against our beloved Constitution.
CAN a Speaker be ousted before the end of his two-year term by any means other than impeachment?
Regardless, Boner needs to be ousted in the 2014 primaries.