House GOP needs to abandon Hastert Rule or say “Adios” to 2016 Presidential Cycleby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jun. 24, 2013, under 2016 Presidential Elections, chicano vote, Hispanic Latino Vote, Independent voters, Legal Immigration Reform, Mexican-American / Chicano political activism, veteran voters, Women Voters
Mexican-American voters are still mindful with regard to the Republican National Committee Chairman (RNC) via Reince Priebus taking a silent position on a historic American moment via legal immigration reform. It is unfortunate to see the leader of the RNC cower from saying anything at all during a crucial moment like this. Perhaps saving his political job is more important than what is in the best interest of his own Party.
Since we see virtually no leadership at the RNC — the pressure will fall squarely on House Speaker John Boehner’s shoulders. If Boehner wants to save GOP face during the 2014 and 2016 elections, he will need to abandon the Hastert rule.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a supporter of immigration reform, expressed hope that a strong, bipartisan vote for passage in the Senate would ease the task of reform proponents in the House.
“It’s got to pass with strong momentum in the Senate to have a chance in the House,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “So that’s really a precondition. If it does that, I actually think it has a good choice. I still believe that we can pass it in 2013.”
Castro did highlight one potential roadblock, however, saying that if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, insists on having a majority of his caucus in support of the bill before he introduces it on the floor — an informal custom known as the “Hastert rule” — it could well be defeated.
“It will not pass if [Boehner] uses the Hastert rule,” Castro predicted.
But Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., another member of the group that drafted the Senate immigration bill, argued on CNN that Boehner would not be able to avoid bringing the bill to the floor, Hastert rule be damned.
“I believe we’ll be in the neighborhood of 70 votes by the time the vote occurs at the end of the week, and I do believe that having a significant number of Republicans will change the dynamic in the House,” he said. “There will be huge pressure on Speaker Boehner not to block immigration reform because that would consign the Republican Party to minority status.”