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‘Will House GOP make presidential suicide pact?’

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webmaster | 07/10/13

Maybe Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican congressman from Orange County best known for his surfing photo-ops, has wiped out once too often. Or maybe his ultra-safe political turf keeps him from seeing the reality that stares his party in the face when it comes to the issue of immigration.

Whatever the reason, Rohrabacher demanded early in the House of Representatives’ discussion of immigration changes that his fellow Republican, Speaker John Boehner, poll the GOP’s 234 congress members before he allows a House vote on any immigration bill.

That would follow the so-called “Hastert rule,” — named after former Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert — which says no bill of any kind should ever get a vote without the backing of a majority of the majority party.

Doing this would likely mean no immigration bill containing any kind of pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants will pass so long as Republicans hold a House majority. Boehner quickly succumbed to the pressure...


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