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Boehner: No 'majority of majority' rule

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Boehner: No 'majority of majority' rule
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, reacts to remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama during his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 27, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner said Friday he does not want to have "hard rules and hard walls" on what bills get to the floor.

Boehner, R-Ohio, said he does not plan to bring back the "majority of the majority" policy of the last Republican speaker, Dennis Hastert of Illinois, The Hill reported. Hastert would only bring bills up for votes if a majority of the Republican Congress approved.

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"I'm going to run the House my way," he said at a news conference. "I don't think we need to just set up hard rules and hard walls that get in the way of doing the will of the American people."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who succeeded Hastert following the 2006 election, did not adopt Hastert's policy.

"If we are open to each other and are willing to listen to the American people, we'll have good debate every day and have a healthy outcome," Boehner said.

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