The 30 House Republicans Who Help Break the ‘Hastert Rule’

From eight members in districts Obama won to one in a top-ten GOP-leaning seat.

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Oct. 18, 2013, 10:09 a.m.

The House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives’ Re­pub­lic­an ma­jor­ity is in charge of what comes to a vote in that cham­ber, and typ­ic­ally the only bills that come up are sup­por­ted by a ma­jor­ity of the ma­jor­ity. But House Speak­er John Boehner has ig­nored that rule on three oc­ca­sions in­volving must-pass le­gis­la­tion this Con­gress, and there are 30 Re­pub­lic­ans who voted with nearly every House Demo­crat to pass each of those bills: one end­ing the gov­ern­ment shut­down and rais­ing the debt ceil­ing, one reau­thor­iz­ing the Vi­ol­ence Against Wo­men Act, and one provid­ing fund­ing for Su­per­storm Sandy re­lief.

As I wrote in today’s Na­tion­al Journ­al Daily, this “gov­ern­ing caucus” of Re­pub­lic­ans would likely play a key role in any fu­ture ma­jor le­gis­la­tion in this Con­gress. (An­oth­er 44 Re­pub­lic­ans voted for two of the three bills in ques­tion.) But there are sev­er­al ser­i­ous bar­ri­ers in their path, as in­dic­ated by the fact that they have only got­ten to ex­er­cise their power three times in nine months. Here are the 30 Re­pub­lic­an law­makers who have split with their party on these key votes:

Rep. Spen­cer Bachus, R-Ala.
Rep. Lou Bar­letta, R-Pa.
Rep. Charles Bous­tany, R-La.
Rep. Shel­ley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.
Rep. Kev­in Cramer, R-N.D.
Rep. Rod­ney Dav­is, R-Ill.
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Bal­art, R-Fla.
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.
Rep. Rod­ney Frel­inghuysen, R-N.J.
Rep. Jim Ger­lach, R-Pa.
Rep. Chris Gib­son, R-N.Y.
Rep. Mi­chael Grimm, R-N.Y.
Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.
Rep. Gregg Harp­er, R-Miss.
Rep. Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, R-Wash.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
Rep. Le­onard Lance, R-N.J.
Rep. Frank Lo­Bi­ondo, R-N.J.
Rep. Kev­in Mc­Carthy, R-Cal­if.
Rep. Buck McK­eon, R-Cal­if.
Rep. Dav­id McKin­ley, R-W.Va.
Rep. Patrick Mee­han, R-Pa.
Rep. Dave Reich­ert, R-Wash.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Le­htin­en, R-Fla.
Rep. Jon Run­yan, R-N.J.
Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill.
Rep. Dav­id Valadao, R-Cal­if.
Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind.

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