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Boehner declares: Immigration bill will be subject to Hastert Rule

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that any immigration legislation will have to have the support of a majority of House Republicans in order to come to a vote.

Boehner has suggested as much before, saying last week that he had "no intention" of violating the so-called "Hastert Rule" -- which requires a majority of the majority party to support a bill before it comes to a vote. But that statement ("no intention") appeared to give him a little wiggle room.

His statement at a news conference Thursday left no leeway at all.