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One thing I’ve learned about during the fiscal cliff process since the election is the so-called “Hastert rule,” which forbids a GOP Speaker of the House from being any legislation to the floor that doesn’t have the support of a majority of the GOP caucus.

Am I mistaken, or does this not, in effect, create the same super-majority requirement in the House that now exists in the Senate as a result of filibuster abuse?

I know about both, of course. But I hadn’t connected the two in this way before. Yet they do both have the same net effect under the present circumstances. Giving a subset of a single party an effective veto on government action on any sort.

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