How Democrats Could Use Rare Tactic To Force House Votes
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are vowing to use a long-shot tactic to force votes on immigration reform and minimum wage increases.By John O'Connor | February 17, 2014
In a "House of Cards"-esque move, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are vowing to use a rare, long-shot tactic to force a vote on immigration reform and federal minimum wage increases.
Democrats want to circumvent the House's GOP-led leadership using an old procedural tactic known as a discharge petition. The maneuver would allow Democrats to bypass the House Committee approval process and bring a measure directly to the floor for a vote. (Via CNN)
The rarely-used move was brought up last week by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who wrote: "[Immigration reform] Supporters should be thinking about a discharge petition ... If a majority of House members signed it, there could be a successful vote for the immigration bill the Senate already passed."