This nonsense has gone on long enough

Congressman Jim Matheson
2013-10-15 13:45:45
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah 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 government. 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. � Sincerely, [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/images/user_images/JM_signature.gif] U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � E-mail Updates* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/images/clickherebtn.gif] [link 1] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 2] [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey]
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 government.

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.  


Sincerely,

U.S. Representative
4th District of Utah
 

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