House Republicans have shut down the government in an effort to push their reckless agenda. Congress could open the government today if Speaker Boehner would allow democracy to work its will, but he is refusing to allow a vote on the Senate-passed continuing resolution. Senior Democratic Members of the House of Representatives announced today a new effort to overcome the Republican leadership's obstruction and allow the House to vote to open the federal government as early as October 14th through a discharge petition. This discharge petition only needs a majority of House Members to sign on and does not require any action by the Republican leadership.
"The only thing standing between this Congress and an open government is Speaker Boehner's refusal to allow a vote on a clean continuing resolution," said Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). "This measure can remove the Speaker's undemocratic roadblock and finally allow a clean vote in the House of Representatives to open the government."
"There is a growing number of Republicans who want the opportunity to work with us to end this crisis. We have seen it in press reports. And I have heard it in my own private conversations with my Republican colleagues," said Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). "Today, we are offering my Republican friends, and the American people, a way forward."
"It is a national disgrace that the government of the greatest and strongest nation in the world should be shut down and held hostage to the demands of a small faction of the most radical Tea Party Republicans led by Senator Ted Cruz. If Speaker Boehner will not allow a vote on a clean, Senate-passed bill to open the government, we should force one. I hope all Republicans stand up to the Tea Party and end this reckless political game," said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).
H. Res. 372 The "Open the Government" Resolution, introduced today by Van Hollen, Miller, and Lowey, would allow an up or down vote on a clean continuing resolution, consistent with the funding levels passed by the Senate, if a majority of House Members sign onto a discharge petition. A discharge petition can be filed after seven legislative days from the introduction of the resolution. If a majority of House members sign the discharge petition, a floor vote on a clean continuing resolution could occur as early as October 14th.