October 15, 2013
On Saturday morning, I joined almost 200 members of the House
of Representatives in signing a device known as a discharge petition.
In the House of Representatives, the leader of the majority
party, called the Speaker of the House - currently John Boehner, a
Republican from Ohio � determines which legislation will be brought up for a
vote. A discharge petition allows a majority of the House, or 218
members of Congress, to temporarily supersede the power of the
Speaker and 'discharge' or 'dislodge' a piece of legislation in order
to bring it up immediately for a vote.
I take a
discharge petition very seriously. It should be used to solve a real
political logjam, like the one we have now with the government shutdown
- where the Speaker refuses to allow a vote on a clean funding bill
to reopen the government.
During the past few weeks, I
have shared with you that I believe it is reckless and irresponsible
for the government to be shut down, and that the House of
Representatives should be allowed to vote on a funding bill to keep the government
open. At this point, a bipartisan majority of the House of
Representatives, Democrats and Republicans, have publically endorsed this
legislation, known as a continuing resolution, or CR. We share a
common perspective, we want the government up and running. To make this
happen, we need an up or down vote on funding the
As I said above, a majority of the House of Representatives has said
it would vote for the bill. Since the Speaker won�t bring a
clean CR up for a vote, we need those who have committed to support the
bill to add their names to the discharge petition. It�s that
simple. This nonsense has gone on long enough.
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