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Hastert warns Boehner on his 'rule'

(POLITICO) Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert — the namesake of the rule requiring House legislation to have the support of the majority of the party in power — warned House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday that if he continues to rely on Democratic votes to pass legislation, “you’re not in power anymore.”

“Maybe you can do it once, maybe you can do it twice, but when you start cutting deals where you have to get Democrats to pass the legislation, you’re not in power anymore,” Hastert said on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends.”

Hastert, an Illinois Republican who was speaker from 1999 to 2007, is often credited with creating the rule requiring a majority of the majority party in the House of Representatives to support legislation. (Hastert broke his own rule in 2002 to pass the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill.)