May 9, 2014
HOUSE GOP GOVERNING BY MINORITY?: Once again, Speaker John Boehner violates the “Hastert Rule,” a mode of governing adopted by former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert that says floor votes should not be taken unless the Speaker is confident he has the support of the “majority of the majority.” Without such support, the Speaker inherently relies on the minority party to pass legislation, not his own majority. Yesterday, Boehner allowed the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) reauthorization to pass without the support of a majority of Republicans. Conservatives opposed OPIC as a “corporate welfare” agency because it subsidizes U.S. companies’ investments in foreign countries.
Why on earth would we subsidize that???