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Three conservative Republican representatives are speaking on behalf of a group totaling 70 that are petitioning Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to invoke a rule that would restrict the immigration reform bill from ever seeing the light of day on the House floor.

Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King from Iowa and Louie Gohmert of Texas who are serving as spokespersons for the group, seek to put into the play the Hastert Rule, which would require a nod from a majority of the majority party to bring a bill forward, according to The Blaze.

The revolt of the 70 came about at the urging of the The Conservative Action Project, a group chaired by former Attorney General Edward Meese III and “designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together.” The group sent a letter to GOP House members urging the the rule be codified in light of legislation that had passed ins spite of the disapproval of a majority of Republican votes, reported The Daily Caller.

“Recently House Republicans have passed bills that are inconsistent with its mandate from the American people. … The fiscal cliff tax increases, increased pork spending buried into the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, and the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization all passed the House over the opposition of a majority of House Republicans,” the letter said.

The group went on to note that invoking the rule would “help to restore and foster unity in the GOP conference” and “restore confidence among Americans.”

So far, Speaker Boehner has said little, other than to vow that “any legislation would follow ‘regular order,’ meaning any bill will go through committees,” according to a Wednesday CNN report.

The group of 70 petitioning to go head-to-head with the Speaker was described as a “highly unusual” move by Rep. Bachmann.

The 70 House members don’t represent anything close to even a majority of the Democrats, and some of those 70 may waver due to political considerations. The House is made up of 234 Republicans and 201 Democrats.

Seventy should still be enough to give Boehner pause, especially given the fact that he has violated the Hastert Rule on a number of important bills. Things are expected to come to a head Friday. Stay tuned.


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