Speaker of the House John Boehner had indicated he would be willing to violate the so-called Hastert Rule if necessary to pass a debt-limit increase --- but would not allow a straight up and down vote on a clean continuing resolution to reopen the government.
The informal Hastert Rule, is not really a rule at all. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert distanced himself from the rule, saying, "The Hastert Rule never really existed. It’s a non-entity as far as I’m concerned."
The self-imposed "rule" (not law) refers to a illegal policy that's used for not bringing to the House floor any measure that does not have a majority of a party's votes, which basically usurps the U.S. Constitutional for fair and equal representation. Currently, many believe that if Boehner brought a clean CR up for a vote today, it would pass --- but Boehner is personally holding up democracy by denying the People's lawfully elected representatives in Congress from voting in their constituents best interests.
President Barack Obama said that while it's bad members of Congress have allowed a government shutdown, it would be worse if they failed to increase the government's borrowing authority later this month. First and foremost, he said, retirement and disability benefits for millions of Americans would be at risk. "In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time," Obama said. "In an economic shutdown, if we don't raise the debt ceiling, they don't go out on time."
The make-believe Hastert Rule, that says House leaders shouldn't allow a vote on a bill unless it has the support of the majority of their own party, should be challenged in court. And John Boehner should be sued, hog-tied, beaten, tortured and sent to prison for all the harm and misery that he has PERSONALLY caused millions of Americans --- just so that he could keep his over-paid and under-worked job as Speaker of the House.