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Discharge Petition on Immigration today

The House Democrats will be filing a “discharge petition” today on the immigration bill HR15 Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization introduced in the House.  218 votes are needed to pass the bill. Call your House Representative and tell them to vote for the bill!

A Discharge Petition is defined as follows:

discharge petition is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and to the floor for consideration without a report from the committee and usually without cooperation of the leadership by “discharging” the committee from further consideration of a bill or resolution. Discharge petitions are most often associated with the U.S. House of Representatives, though many state legislatures have similar procedures. They are used when the chair of a committee refuses to place a bill or resolution on the Committee’s agenda; by never reporting a bill, the matter will never leave the committee, and the full House will not be able to consider it. The discharge petition, and the threat of one, gives more power to individual members of the House and usurps a small amount of power from the leadership and committee chairs. The modern discharge petition requires the signature of an absolute majority of House members (218 members). Only twice has it been used successfully on major legislation in recent history. (From Wikipedia). 


Here is an artilce from Time with further information.