Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) confirmed to House Republicans that he will enforce the “Hastert Rule” for the immigration reform bill, according to reports by The Hill. The announcement came at a closed-door GOP House conference meeting.
The Hastert Rule, named after former speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), requires that a majority of the majority party support a bill in order for the full House to consider it. Currently Boehner would need 118 of 234 House Republicans to show support in order for immigration reform to be considered.
Boehner said that using the Hastert Rule would be the logical thing to do.
“I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans,” he said at the meeting.
Boehner’s commitment will no doubt excite many conservatives, who have questioned his previous willingness to ignore the rule (which is actually not an official House rule). It will also likely ensure that the Senate’s bill does not pass the House, heightening the tension between the two chambers.
Recently, many conservatives have pushed for Boehner to enforce the Hastert Rule, with many leaders signing a letter to House Republicans. The letter was written by the Conservative Action Project, a grassroots political action organization.