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Bonamici Signs Petition to Reopen the Government

October 12, 2013
Press Release
Washington, D.C.-- Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today signed a petition to reopen the government. The petition was brought forward under a procedure known as a discharge petition, which allows a majority of members to bypass the Speaker and require an up or down vote on a bill. The federal government has been closed since October 1, 2013, and House leaders have repeatedly refused requests to allow a vote to reopen the government that does not include provisions to delay or repeal the Affordable Care Act.  
 
“A bipartisan majority of the House would support a bill to reopen the government today, but we're not being allowed to vote," said Bonamici. "That all changes if a majority of the House signs this petition. I urge all of my colleagues to do so. This shutdown is hurting our constituents and threatening the national economy. It's time for the Speaker to let us vote." 
 
The discharge petition for H. Res. 372 would allow an up or down vote on a clean continuing resolution, providing funding through November 15 at a compromise level requested by the Speaker. This discharge petition only needs a majority of House members to sign on and does not require any action by the Republican leadership.
 
Discharge petitions have been proven successful in the past in bringing up legislation for consideration.  
 
·         According to a Congressional Research Service study, seven discharge petitions have received 218 signatures over the last 30 years. And in all seven cases, the majority party agreed to bring the measure to the House floor.
 
·         12 measures were allowed to be brought to the House floor even before the discharge petition reached the full 218 signatures. 
 
A list of the Members of Congress who have signed the Petition to Open Government is available here: http://clerk.house.gov/113/lrc/pd/petitions/DisPet0005.xml
 
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