(CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's hometown paper says, "Just do it."
The conservative Richmond Times-Dispatch published an opinion piece Thursday saying House GOP leadership should pass a clean continuing resolution and stop "placating the tea party caucus."
The paper's editorial board wants Cantor to face up to the minority group of 30-40 conservatives in the House who are at the helm of the GOP strategy to tie anti-Obamacare provisions with a bill to fund the government.
Republicans are trying to pass bills, one by one, that will fund various government entities. So far Senate Democrats have blocked each piece of legislation, including a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health.
"We passed a bill in the House last night that would provide the NIH with the necessary funding to reopen their clinical trials," Cantor said.
The Times-Dispatch, however, urged Cantor to move past the bit-by-bit approach, and called for Boehner and Cantor to pass a clean continuing resolution that funds the government all at once.
The paper said the only reason why House Speaker John Boehner was bowing down to the staunchly conservative faction of his caucus was because he was adhering to "the Hastert Rule."
Named after Dennis Hastert, the speaker who Newt Gingrich succeeded in the House, the rule maintains that legislation should not pass without a majority of the majority party, which the paper says translates to fidelity to lower-ranking members in a "loyalty down" approach.
Since House conservatives don't return that loyalty, the paper argues, Boehner and Cantor must reject the rule in order to exert and maintain their leadership roles. So, argues the op-ed, abandon the rule "to protect the best interests of the nation."