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Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon: Bring back 'Hastert rule'

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Rep. Matt Salmon said Tuesday he will abide by the “Hastert rule” — that no bill should advance without the support of a majority of House GOP members — after major legislation on the year-end “fiscal cliff” deal, Hurricane Sandy and a re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act passed the House without a majority of Republican support.

“I am sick and tired of folks that are doing everything they can to try to get a bad bill going, and then they vote against it when the bad bill’s got the momentum to go through,” the Arizona Republican said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We should be doing everything, using every tool in our toolbox, to stop bad legislation from happening.”


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The so-called “Hastert rule” is named after former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and says the speaker will not bring a bill to the floor if it does not have the support of the majority of the controlling party. House Speaker John A. Boehner said recently that passing legislation without a Republican majority in the chamber is “not a practice I would expect to continue long-term.”

Mr. Salmon said, going forward, that he will also vote against bills that do not have offsets to spending increases — a violation of the “PAYGO” rules.

Mr. Salmon’s Tuesday comments reinforced positions outlined in a Monday op-ed in The Washington Times.

“If enough of my conservative colleagues in the House join me, we can unilaterally put an end to the growth of government that is moving us closer to Greece-like fiscal calamities,” he wrote.

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