First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Mar 2013 08:27 pm
- Video “Explosive Exchange at Gun Hearing Between Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein” (via Madison Project)
But can the House GOP “Gun Team” muster the same kind of constitutional savvy as senator Ted Cruz — and also put it in plain, strong words?
Or do they even want to?
Goodlatte had told the Capitol Hill media toward the end of February (click here for article from The Hill) —
“Offering a ray of hope for gun-control advocates, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) – a long-time opponent of tougher gun laws – said over the weekend that he’s eying his own legislation for expanding the background check system.
‘The Congress is going to act on this issue,’ Goodlatte told Roll Call on Friday. ‘The Senate is at work on it, and we are as well. Our goal is to do anything we can do keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them.’
Goodlatte’s comments mark a sharp shift for House GOP leaders, who had previously indicated they would not move on any gun-control measures until the Senate passed a bill.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
As we reported Tuesday from Congressional rules guru Michael Hammond (RedState) —
“The last-ditch solution to both [guns and immigration] of these Armageddon scenarios is the same: the Hastert Rule, which prevents House consideration of any bill not supported by a majority of the Republican caucus — currently, 117 Republicans. Whatever the media has convinced John McCain to do, surely 117 House Republicans would oppose allowing the GOP to commit suicide.” Hammond explains – “Fortunately, it turns out that such a letter already exists on guns: It is the Stockman-Broun letter to invoke the Hastert Rule on any gun control. And, although the Stockman-Broun letter is picking up steam, it still does not have obvious signatures from people like Michele Bachmann and Steve King.” Read the entire Hammond post (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Conservatives will want to talk in person to House GOP members they know about promptly signing the Stockman-Broun letter.