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September 2, 2014

House Democrats to Try and Force Floor Vote on Immigration Overhaul

House Democrats are poised to offer their third discharge petition of 2014 Wednesday, this one to force a floor vote on an immigration overhaul bill.

They’ll need to get 218 signatures on the petition in order to compel GOP leadership to bring up their legislation, which mirrors the Senate-passed immigration bill, except for some tweaks in the border security language.

The likelihood of that outcome is approximately zero: Even the few House Republicans who have broken with their leaders to sign on as co-sponsors to the House bill are not expected to embrace a procedural tactic that would embarrass the majority party.

A CQ Roll Call whip count also shows that there are few members of the House GOP willing to even put their necks out for their leadership’s broad immigration “principles.”

No Republicans have signed onto the Democratic discharge petitions to force votes on bills to raise the minimum wage and extend emergency unemployment insurance, either.

But Democrats will also be touting a Congressional Budget Office report reaffirming that overhauling the nation’s immigration system would cut the deficit by about $900 billion over twenty years, a figure that had lawmakers crowing Tuesday.

Here’s the official announcement for the Democrats’ unrolling of the discharge petition Wednesday morning:

“Washington, D.C. – House Democrats will be joined by immigration leaders and advocates at a press event tomorrow on the House East steps of the Capitol at 10:45 a.m. to announce a #DemandAVote discharge petition. House Democrats will call on Speaker Boehner and the House Republican Conference to bring up H.R. 15 – bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill with 200 co-sponsors, including 3 Republicans – before proceeding to the House floor to sign the #DemandAVote petition.

Speaker Boehner and House Republicans have long stalled on an immigration reform bill that will reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, protect our workers, unite our families, strengthen our nation’s economy, and provide an earned pathway to citizenship. It has been over 265 days since the Senate passed their version of comprehensive immigration reform and over 50 days since Republicans introduced their so-called immigration principles. The #TimesIsNow, our country and our families deserve a vote.”

  • perdogg

    Shouldn’t the proper English be “try to force” as opposed to “try and force” ?

  • Hajjster

    Good luck getting illegal immigration amnesty done. Once the RINO turds get flushed in May, you’ll never get another vote. Plus people don’t care about immigration. If you want to immigrate, do it like my wife did – pay the money, get your police and medical checks, stand in line, and wait.

  • Lindasandoval

    Reid needs to get a physiological evaluation.

    • Reaganite

      You mean psychological, Right?

      • Lindasandoval

        Yes, thanks.

  • papal

    A Pelosi dog and pony show. If the dems were really serious about immigration reform they would have passed it when they controlled congress. Just like Obamacare. They didn’t even bring it up. The dems are more interested in amnesty as a issue not as a solution and that issue is getting old.

  • Michael Lang

    The issue is dead this year. Move on Dims.

  • Santiago Alemedia

    Adding 12 million new legal job applicants to an already glutted job market will somehow boost the economy? More likely, it will depress wages. And why reward so many liars, cheats and frauds with legal status? Doesn’t anyone respect legal immigration anymore?

  • John in Chicago

    With African American unemployment at 20% the congressional black caucus should be outraged at plans to legalize 12 million entry level workers.

  • http://pacelawfirm.com/ Andy Semotiuk

    “The likelihood of that outcome is approximately zero: Even the few House Republicans who have broken with their leaders to sign on as co-sponsors to the House bill are not expected to embrace a procedural tactic that would embarrass the majority party.”

    Nothing much else can be said about the Democratic maneuver except that it’s better to go down fighting than to stand there and do nothing.

  • Montesquieu

    In this YouTube video we find liberal communistic democrat Bernie Sanders praising the anarchists of the “Occupy” domestic insurrection: http://youtu.be/gp0Or4KiGk8

  • Hadris Ellsberg

    Chief Justice Warren Burger noted there is no such thing as a fundamental right to commit homosexual sodomy.

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