• Immigration Reform Backers Urge Boehner to Drop Hastert Rule
  • August 27, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • One of the House's leading comprehensive immigration reform proponents, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) says there are more than the 218 votes necessary to pass immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship in the House. Gutierrez called on Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to drop the so-called "Hastert rule" that requires a majority of the majority to support a measure before it comes to the floor.

    While Boehner has been willing in the past to bypass the Hastert rule and bring legislation to the floor that does not have the support of a majority of the Republican conference, he has said that when it comes to immigration, any bill will need the support of a majority of the conference.

    Gutierrez warned that a failure to pass immigration reform by House Republicans will marginalize the party saying, "the Republican Party can decide if it wants to be a party of provinces and states and localities but it will never be a national party ever again."