Yes, you read the title correctly. The Speaker of the House is ruling out changes to Senate rules.
House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made it clear that any bill that came to the House from the upper chamber as a result of Senate Democrats changing the rules on the filibuster would be "dead on arrival." In a statement released from Speaker Boehner's office, the Ohio GOP'er remarked:Washington Times
“Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures. I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and fully support Leader McConnell’s efforts to protect minority rights, which are an essential part of our constitutional tradition. Any bill that reaches a Republican-led House based on Senate Democrats’ heavy-handed power play would be dead on arrival.”
As ThereIsNoSpoon noted on Hullabaloo, the Republicans appear duly chastened and ready to accept they lost the election.
Harry Reid, through a spokesman, mocked Boehner with great mockery:
Putting aside the fact that the Speaker’s views on Senate procedure are effectively irrelevant, it is a shame to see Speaker Boehner join Senator McConnell’s desperate attempt to double down on the status quo of Republican-led gridlock in Washington. Senate Democrats are determined to make Washington work better to get things done for the middle class. We hope Republicans will work with us, but after watching them spend the last four years engaging in nothing but knee-jerk obstruction and delay, we are not holding our breath.Let me add to the mockery.
1) Any bill coming from the Senate with no GOP support would be DOA in the House if there were 99 Democrats and 1 Republican, so this is effectively an empty threat
2) Treaties and nominations don't go through the House at all, so that is an extra-empty threat
3) The Constitution is pretty clear about each House being able to make its own rules, so Boehner is (shocking, I know) ignoring the Constitution
What. a. tool.