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Boehner’s Job Security Questioned in Relation to Immigration, ‘Hastert Rule’
Posted at 4:29 p.m. on June 17, 2013
“I would consider that a betrayal of the Republican members of the House and a betrayal of Republicans throughout the country,” the California Republican told WorldNetDaily in an interview published online Sunday. “If Speaker Boehner moves forward and permits this to come to a vote even though a majority of Republicans in the House oppose whatever is coming to a vote, he should be removed as speaker.”
Moving legislation without the support of a majority of the GOP conference would violate what is known as the “Hastert rule,” which is not a formal rule but a general guideline used by former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. It held that the House should not pass legislation on the backs of Democrats.
Boehner last week did not rule out bringing up immigration with a minority of Republican support and now he faces an insurgent effort to codify the Hastert rule.
In the same interview, Rohrabacher also dismissed Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as confused on the issue and telling “lie after lie” about the bill.
“No one should believe him,” Rohrabacher said.