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Hastert Rule

Boehner's Golden Opportunity

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner has already nominated himself as the Republican Party's sacrificial lamb. But on his way out, he could also be a very effective scapegoat, thus sparing both his party and the country at large a whole lot of needless drama and economic instability.

Another Tea Party Assault on Democracy

Carl Pope | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Tea Party wing of the House Republican party is seeking changes in the rules and procedures. Changes designed to strip the Speaker of the ability to assemble a majority within the House and enable that majority to govern. They cloak their demands in the language of bottom-up democracy. But their complaints about John Boehner's leadership give away the game. 

The Hastert Rule Must Go

Grant Stern | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Grant Stern

The Hastert Rule must go, so our Congress can get back to governing in the best interests of every citizen, not just that minority of Americans who voted for the majority of the majority.

Let's Make Fixing Political Institutions the Political Issue of 2016

Barbara J. Nelson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Barbara J. Nelson

Let's make campaign finance reform the question candidates cannot escape. Let's move from grumbling at meetings and Tweeting about fresh outrages. Instead, every citizen, journalist, researcher and pollster can repeatedly ask candidates how they plan to make the institutions they hope to serve in stronger.

Congressional Self-Inflicted Wounds

Newton N. Minow | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Current systems of voting in the Senate and House are not required by law or the Constitution. They are rules and policies which senators and representatives have imposed upon themselves to set their own agendas.

Why the Hastert Rule Is Bad for America

David Catalan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
David Catalan

The Hastert Rule is the lower chamber's analog of the filibuster. It's also a shrewd and politically strategic play to maintain the status quo. On the other hand, the Tea Party is an acerbic bunch for whom "compromise" is anathema.

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart Becomes an Immigration Fabulist

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) seems to have drunk the Tea Party Kool-Aid, seemingly thinking and acting as if American Latino voters are not smart enough to understand his flip-flop on immigration.

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

Former GOP House Speaker: Boehner 'Doesn't Reach Out'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) weighed in the notion that current House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) won't end the government shutdown ...

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

The Debt Ceiling Will Be Here Sooner Than We Thought

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I wish I could see a way out of this ridiculous debt ceiling fight. Why ridiculous? Because remember, the money that the government needs to borrow in excess of the current debt ceiling is money they've already agreed to spend.

What's Missing From Common Core Is Education for Democracy

Alan Singer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Democracy requires that Americans see themselves as citizens, not just consumers or employees. Common Core, by ignoring the fundamental values that make democracy possible, does education and the United States a tremendous disservice.

Growing Republican Irrelevance

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The Republican Party's refusal to accept the fact that the United States is evolving socially and demographically will drive the party to irrelevance on the national political scene.

Why the GOP Is Running Into a Political Box Canyon -- And Political Marginality

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

On issue after issue, the GOP has veered far from the mainstream of the American electorate. Worse, they are swimming upstream against a tide of changing demographics.

Boehner Should Drop Hastert Rule, Honor Pledge to Let House 'Work Its Will' on Immigration Reform

Brian Levin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

At best, it is hard to imagine Boehner retaining the speakership for more than a few years. So why doesn't Boehner honor his pledge to let Congress "work its will" democratically and put the interests of the American people first?

Michael McAuliff

Boehner Stands By Tough Path For Immigration Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate may have passed a long-awaited bipartisan overhaul of the immigration system Thursday, but House Speaker John Boehner stood b...

Elise Foley

John Boehner Faces Farm Bill Loss, Immigration Fight Ahead | Elise Foley | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The failure of House Republican leadership to pass a farm bill through their chamber on Thursday should cause serious concern for advoca...

Jason Linkins

GOP House 'Insurgents' Pushing To Weaponize The 'Hastert Rule' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

For those of you keeping up with the myriad reasons that the current push for comprehensive immigration reform might come to nothing -- which include ...

Gun Safety, Gridlock, and the Demise of Congress

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The fact is that Congress does not need some sort of invitation from the White House in order to do their job. To take affirmative action toward addressing our nation's problems, Congress should put aside its letterhead and stop writing letters to the President and federal agencies asking them to take action.

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi On VAWA Fight: 'I Can Never Explain What Republicans Were Thinking' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For all her years in Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she'll "never understand" why House Republicans held o...

Is Losing The New GOP Strategy?

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

Now why, you might ask, would Republicans tolerate the passage of a bill they overwhelmingly oppose? They didn’t have to pass it — they could have...

Former GOP House Speaker Sounds Warning About Boehner

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) cast concern on House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) leadership after he moved to pass the fiscal cliff ...