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Fawn Johnson at National Journal spells out how a “comprehensive” amnesty, if it were passed by the Senate, could get through the House: Either Boehner gets Republicans to pass a limited bill — maybe combining last year’s STEM Act with mandatory E-Verify — with the intention of simply adopting the Senate-passed amnesty in conference and presenting it to his caucus as a fait accompli. Alternatively, Boehner could push through a Senate-passed amnesty bill with mainly Democratic votes plus the handful of GOP votes needed to get it over the top, thus abandoning the Hastert Rule. In either case the speaker would have to betray his own caucus.


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