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'Hastert Rule' Takes Body Blows With Sandy, Cliff Votes

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Boehner has generally operated under a policy of bringing bills to the floor only if a majority of his conference can support it, but that may no longer be possible.

On the other hand, Pelosi was forced to strongly back another entitlement reform loathed by liberals, a change in how Social Security payments increase with inflation called “chained CPI,” when Obama considered accepting it as part of a deal.

Steven T. Dennis and Jonathan Strong contributed to this report.

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