Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D -- Palm Desert) announced that he signed a discharge petition to reopen the government. This discharge petition is a congressional procedure that allows a majority of members of the House to bypass Speaker Boehner and force an up or down vote on a bill to reopen the government. The federal government has been closed since October 1, 2013, and House leaders have repeatedly refused calls to bring up a vote on a "clean," no-strings-attached funding resolution to reopen the federal government.
"Today I joined my colleagues to sign onto the discharge petition that will allow a vote on a no-strings-attached bill to reopen the government," said Dr. Ruiz. "This reckless and irresponsible shutdown is endangering our recovering economy and is threatening the benefits of thousands of veterans and seniors. I encourage my colleagues to put people first, and make the responsible choice to end this government shutdown immediately by signing this discharge petition."
The government shutdown has negative impacts on the middle class and our economy. The shutdown has halted critical loans to small businesses, slowed the processing of veterans disability claims, prevented NIH from taking new patients and halted life-saving medical research, and stalled much-needed housing loans for American families.
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 Speaker Boehner. This discharge petition only needs a majority of House members to sign on and does not require any action by the Republican leadership.