House Democrats to Try and Force Floor Vote on Immigration Overhaul
Posted at 6:26 p.m. on March 25
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.”