On Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said that the so-called Hastert Rule “was never a rule to begin with,” implying that he could proceed with legislation without a majority of his own party in support.
Responding to Boehner’s comments, House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Breitbart News exclusively that any move away from the Hastert Rule would be unacceptable. “As Whip,” he said, “I strongly believe in regular order to ensure all legislation has the support of a majority of the majority. If we have learned anything from the last three months, it is that Republicans are strongest when we lead and when we are united.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).