Speaker of the House John Boehner

The chances of immigration reform being approved this year just got slightly bleaker. It will now need the support from the majority of House Republicans.

Previously, Speaker John Boehner had left the door open to breaking the “Hastert Rule” for immigration but after facing threats from his caucus he has rejected that option. Boehner has now promised he will not bring any immigration bill to the floor unless it first has the support of the majority of Republicans. From the Hill:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday reassured GOP lawmakers that he would adhere to the “Hastert Rule” on immigration reform and not hold a vote on a bill lacking the support of a majority of the caucus.

“I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans,” Boehner told reporters following a closed-door House GOP conference meeting.

If put on the floor it would be relatively easy to get a majority of all House members to vote for the legislation since most House Democrats are likely to support the Senate bill . Now it might not ever get there.

Creating a bill that a majority of House Republicans will support while also not alienating too many Democrats is a much tougher hurdle to clear.

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