#94 Thank You, Speaker Boehner

On December 12, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Thank you, Speaker Boehner, for your early holiday present to our country.

Yesterday, you allowed the majority to rule.  The House passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill on a bi-partisan vote and avoided another government shutdown.

It passed by a mere 13 votes – 219 to 206, with 10 not voting.  To reach a majority of those voting, 213 votes were needed.  But, only 162 Republicans voted yes, or 38% of the total, far short of a majority.  So, the Speaker needed 51 Democrats to vote for the bill for it to pass, and 57 did.

For the first time in a very long time (I haven’t yet researched how long), Speaker Boehner ignored the so-called “Hastert Rule” (which requires laws be passed with a Republican-only majority), and allowed the majority of the entire House to actually rule.

I sincerely hope that this is the first step toward restoring majority rule and bi-partisanship to the House.

If a similar vote had been permitted on the immigration bill a year and a half-ago, there would have been no need for the President’s recent executive action. (See #93: Immigration, the Tyranny of the Minority, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: http://www.obamagrams.com/group-1/93-immigration-the-tyranny-of-the-minority-and-the-civil-rights-act-of-1964/

Happy Holidays, everyone.

Please, as always, pass it on. And, remember that previous Obamagrams are stored on www.obamagrams.com



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