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Boehner: There’s no rule that says I need a Republican majority in order to pass bills in the House
Hot Air ^ | April 11, 2013 | Allahpundit

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, I’m 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.”

He’s 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 Georgia’s 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 it’s 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? It’s certainly true that, for all of Boehner’s anti-Hastert-Rule heresies, there’s 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 don’t dump him, conservatives back home might hold it against them regardless of whether they voted no on the bill itself.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; boehner; boehnerblackmailed; boehnerbribed; boehnercaves; boehnerguns; boehnerlost; fireboehner; govtabuse; guncontrol; hastertrule; secondamendment; teapartyvictimhood
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To: House Atreides

The Franklin Cover Up involved both sides of the aisle.

No reason to believe blackmail hasn’t continued in some form or another.


51 posted on 04/11/2013 7:39:06 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Deathtomarxists

“.......I say fighting is useless.....It’s time to start thinking of which exit to use.”
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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.


52 posted on 04/11/2013 7:50:22 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Red Steel

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.


53 posted on 04/11/2013 7:57:29 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: faithhopecharity

He really needs to go the the local Sporting Goods store for a case of BALLS ‘cause he ain’t got any!


54 posted on 04/11/2013 8:01:55 PM PDT by Dracomeister (The older I get the less I care about what other people think.)
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To: Red Steel

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.


55 posted on 04/11/2013 8:14:57 PM PDT by o2bfree (Lindsey Graham is left of South Carolina. Lindsey Graham votes like a Democrat)
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To: Dracomeister

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!


56 posted on 04/11/2013 8:17:56 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: Red Steel

Thank you for posting this — It makes me angry, but not at you.


57 posted on 04/11/2013 8:27:47 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Red Steel

How in the world did this demonically controlled person become “leader” of the Republicans??


58 posted on 04/11/2013 10:30:58 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: CrazyIvan

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!!


59 posted on 04/11/2013 10:36:45 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: okie01
Boehner is not a "leader" or a "big thinker" -- nor, necessarily, a "bad man" -If Statist_Boehner helps pass any gun law, then he will be as EVIL as anyone on the left.

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.

60 posted on 04/11/2013 11:11:29 PM PDT by sand88
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To: Red Steel
Will the caucus, under the microscope of a shady amnesty vote, be forced to oust him as Speaker?

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.

61 posted on 04/12/2013 6:45:02 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: JSDude1
I have considered trying to put together a campaign to send him umbrellas as a way of shaming him. Probably wouldn’t work.
62 posted on 04/13/2013 4:26:03 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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