The Hastert Rule was started in the mid 90’s. It actually originated with Speaker of the House Gingrinch, who supported it, but Speaker of the House Hastert was a very vocal supporter of the rule, so that is why it bears his name. A Bill cannot pass the House wothout 218 votes, but under the Hastert Rule, which is not an official rule, even if you get that amount it won’t pass without the majority of the majority party voting for it.
It is the Republican way of removing any power from the minority party. Even if the minority party gets enough Republicans to help them pass the Bill, the Hastert Rule will stop the Bills passage. Republicans have 234 seats in the House of Representatives. Democrats would need 118 votes from Republicans to get the Bill’s passage. It takes the majority vote out of the question because the majority party doesn’t support it.
It is just like the Republicans to make passage of Bills near impossible. Speaker Boehner is thinking about using the Hastert Rule to stop Immigration Reform from passing. It was a bipartisan bill that Republicans screwed up by adding ridiculous Amendments to. They were Amendments that they knew Democrats wouldn’t support. This is another Republican ploy to bring gridlock to our government. This is just another Bill the do nothing Republicans stopped from moving forward.
If Speaker Boehner invokes the Hastert Rule it is the cowards way out. Instead of doing the hard thing and looking for compromise they choose the easy way out. Anything to stick their thumb in President Obama’s eye. Despite the importance to our country, this I’d another Bill that I’d dead in the water. This is why government has ground to a halt in America. Avoidance.