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Five Democrats Sign Discharge Petition on House Rules

By The Hill, The Hill - September 26, 2009

Five Democrats have signed a discharge petition to force a vote on a measure changing House rules to require that legislation be posted for 72 hours online before a vote. Democratic Reps. Walt Minnick (Idaho), Brian Baird (Wash), Dan Boren (Okla.), Parker Griffith (Ala.) and Gene Taylor (Miss.) have all signed the petition, which had over 115 signatures by Friday morning.If the petition gains 218 signatures, it would force a vote on the bill. That means Republicans would have to gain another 36 signatures. As of Friday morning, 178 lawmakers had signed on to the petition. It is uncommon for lawmakers to sign a discharge petition to force their leaders into scheduling a vote, as it is seen as a rebuke of leadership."It's not my intention to embarrass anyone,"� said Minnick. He said he was optimistic the measure would be scheduled for a vote regardless of the petition. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday offered support for waiting 72 hours after the House healthcare bill is released to lawmakers before scheduling a vote. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), would require legislative text to be posted online for a minimum of 72 hours so that lawmakers, the public and journalists have time to read bills before the House votes on them.

Source: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/60363-five-house-democrats-sign-discharge-petition The contents of this site are © 2009 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsisiary of News Communications, Inc. Comments (27)PAGE |1|2|>What can it hurt, then no one can say they couldn't read it, you would be covering yourselves.BY ANNAN on 09/25/2009 at 13:20For the Voters/Citizens/Taxpayers there should not be any doubt in SIGNING ON TO THIS DISCHARGE PETITION. IF CONGRESSMAN WON'T SIGN ON THEN THROW THEIR GEISTERS OUT IN THE NEXT ELECTION. TtHE LAST 20 YEAR THE SLOBS IN CONGRESS HAS NOT DONE WHAT IS GOOD THE THE NATION BUT WHAT WAS GOOD FOR THEIR OWN POCKET BOOKS. ITS TIME TO CHANGE THIS. WE LOVE OUR NATION AND THE ACORN FREAKS CAN GO TO HELEN WAITE.BY jake2 on 09/25/2009 at 13:30Sounds like a step closer to transparency in government.72 hours may be a bit short for the average individual to use this as a mechanism to improve awareness of what is transpiring but it could be a step in the right direction.Hopefully the word will get out that we have a useable tool now to stay abreast of what we need to get involved in.BY jadedfellow on 09/25/2009 at 13:54Not a terrible idea at all, but let's be crystal clear why the GOP is suddenly all about this rule RIGHT NOW, when it hasn't previously shown much interest in the last 150 years… Because the GOP is a nothing but a high-priced whore, that's why. This is all on behalf of health care lobbyists. Behold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOyFt8pt0Hwfeature=player_embeddedBY Jon on 09/25/2009 at 13:57Say what you will about republicans…I'd like to think they both parties now know that "we the people" are watching what they do and are starting to demand that they work for us.. Once again…name calling on either side is the "child's play" that got us all in this situation. It's time for the government to grow up and stop thinking they (and I mean both parties) can do whatever they want and we will just sit back and take. I for one have been calling and emailing as many as I can complaining and I hope everyone else will do the same. And I will continue to do the same whether they are republican or democrate. What has been done in the past…we can't change…but without rehashing the past…maybe we can make a better future for all of us!!!!!!BY ladyonamishn on 09/25/2009 at 14:43Jon, the GOP is only forcing this measure now, because when they were in control, no one ever contemplated doing anything so stupid as forcing members to vote on a bill they hadn't had a chance to read. That only came into vogue when the Democrats gained control.BY Nik on 09/25/2009 at 14:48Dear Jon and Jake2,Whether the politicians utilize this tool or not is a moot point. Most will assign aides and assistants to do the research and gather information and who then brief their "bosses". The real opportunity is for the voter to get involved and be proactive in holding our elected officials accountable. We all, myself included, complain when we should influence with knowledge and information. Whether it was slobs, freaks or whores who got the ball rolling I for one will welcome some grass roots-astro-turffing-get involved American spirit that our founding fathers exhibited and this could be a real opportunity for "We The People" to take back what is ours. It will take a lot of work but hey it could be worth it.Thank you both for your comments here and I commend you both for voicing your opinions.BY jadedfellow on 09/25/2009 at 14:58Does The Hill have an editor? From paragraph 2, "…the petition, which had over 115 signatures by Friday morning." Paragraph 4, "As of Friday morning, 178 lawmakers had signed on to the petition." Correction or clarification, please!BY CelticSkyes on 09/25/2009 at 15:33Dear Ladyonamishn, well said, well done, well-git er dun.You are cause for hope for "We The People". Are you the ghost of Betsy Ross?BY jadedfellow on 09/25/2009 at 15:46Those who insist on "my way or highway" often only get a face full of asphalt.BY Wabash Cannonball on 09/25/2009 at 16:02PAGE |1|2|>Add Comment

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