U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) looks on as House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the media on the
#Gof8 #NoAmnesty #Gangof8 Bill passes Senate. 70% of Republican Senators voted NO, which in House means NO momentum for Amnesty, even w/BS.
Thirteen of 46 Republicans voted for the Senate's immigration reform, and yes, that's not a majority of the chamber's Republican members. If we had a similar breakdown of the vote in the House, the bill would pass easily. But House conservatives are demanding that Speaker John Boehner apply the "Hastert Rule", which means that nothing will come to the floor unless it has the support of a majority of the Republican caucus.

Boehner has long agreed to apply the Hastert Rule to the House bill, but had remained mum on any conference bill (the group of House and Senate members who get together to hash out a final bill). There was a growing fear from conservatives that Boehner would back some conservative version, but would then betray them when the conference bill came back allowing a free vote. This morning he clarified that even the conference bill would be subject to the Hastert Rule.

Thus, the prospects are suddenly dimmer ... assuming Boehner isn't lying to his caucus. Or maybe he thinks he's telling the truth, but could change his mind later on as people ask him to choose between the death of his speakership, or the death of his party. It would suck to be labeled "the guy who killed the GOP", particularly if the establishment lines up a cushy million-dollar K-Street golden parachute for him.

That's why conservatives will fight to prevent anything from happening. No bill means no conference report means no chance for Boehner to ratfuck them.

Ultimately, it'll come down to whether enough Republicans want to stay in the electoral ballgame, or whether they're content to relegate themselves to permanent minority status.

Originally posted to kos on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Daily Kos.

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