Tell Your Representative to Sign the 'Discharge Petition'

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Right now, a congressional 'discharge petition' is only 108 signatures short of forcing a vote on a House bill to fully fund all troops in harms way.




Rep. Sam Johnson (R.-Tex.)has introduced H.R. 511 to give our troops the resources they need with no Murtha-like conditional spending strings. A link here on the House Clerk's website shows the members that have signed the petition so far.

Once 218 members sign onto it, Johnson's bill will automatically be brought to the floor for consideration.


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As of 11:30 pm, it only needs 107 more signatures...of course, to be clear, that means only two more than half those necessary have signed so far...of course, my rep isn't one of them yet so I sent the Honorable Robin Hayes a little note of encouragement...let's hope he pays attention.

"I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves."
Ronald Reagan

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
Ronald Reagan

Why didn't the dems over the last 6 years ever use that tactic to pass bills?

As far as passing the bill. It only forces it to be brought to the floor for a vote - so it is possible to gather enough signatures for the discharge petition and then lose the vote since a signature on the petition doesn't equate to a vote for the bill. So the only reasons to use a discharge petition are: 1) if you are relatively confident the bill will pass when brought to a vote, or 2) you are confident that even the bill doesn't pass, a vote against it will be politically damaging to the opposition. So that's why dems didn't use this tactic all the time.

"I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves."
Ronald Reagan

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
Ronald Reagan

 
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