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Lawmakers discuss new petition by R.I. Reps.

October 15, 2013

PROVIDENCE--Two local Congressmen have drawn up and signed a formal petition in an attempt to reopen the government after two weeks of it being shut down.

Congressman Jim Langevin and and David Cicilline introduced a discharge petition, which would allow the majority of legislators to bypass House Speaker John Boehner and vote either yea or nay on a bill that would continue funding the government.

According to Congressional Research Service, seven discharge petitions have received 218 signatures during the past 30 years and in each case, the majority agreed to bring it to the House floor.

“I feel confident that the votes are there to end this shutdown, so we can focus on other critical issues before us, especially raising the debt ceiling to preserve the full faith and credit of the United States,” Langevin said.

The government was shut down on Oct. 1 after Democrats and Republicans could not come to an agreement regarding the budget. The arguments began after members of congress wanted to pass a resolution that would postpone Obamacare for a year.

“Almost two weeks into this pointless shutdown, it’s embarrassing that Congress still hasn’t passed a clean bill that will open the federal government,” said Cicilline. “I’m proud to sign this discharge petition that would force Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on this important issue for Rhode Island families.”

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