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  •  Is the Hastert Rule a solely Republican rule? (1+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 03:46:29 PM PST

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    •  yes (6+ / 0-)

      the Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

      by vlyons on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 03:49:37 PM PST

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    •  wiki link (13+ / 0-)

      The majority of the majority is a governing principle (not a legal procedure) used by Republican Speakers of the House of Representatives since the mid-1990's to effectively limit the power of the minority party to bring bills up for a vote on the floor of the house.[1] Under the majority of the majority doctrine the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives will not allow a vote on a bill to take place unless the majority of the majority party supports the bill.[2] This is sometimes referred to as the “Hastert Rule”,[3] as its introduction is widely credited to former Speaker Dennis Hastert (1999-2007); however, Newt Gingrich, who directly preceded Hastert as Speaker (1995-1999), followed the same rule.[4] Hastert was vocal in his support of the rule stating that his job was "to please the majority of the majority."[5]
      Nancy Pelosi (2007 - 2011): "I have to take into consideration something broader than the majority of the majority in the Democratic Caucus."[7]

      John Boehner (2011 -): "I’m not interested in passing something with mostly Democrat votes."[8]

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 03:50:55 PM PST

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    •  Some things (trade agreements) passed with R votes (1+ / 0-)
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      when Pelosi was speaker.  The democratic leadership did sometimes have votes that passed with Some R votes and some D votes.  She said the other day that that she thought that Boehner should come up with a compromise that would pass with some votes from each party.

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