|April 1, 2014|
Previously published on March 28, 2014
After launching a so-far unsuccessful discharge petition seeking to force a vote in the House on raising the minimum wage, House Democrats announced a similar effort aimed at forcing a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.
A discharge petition forces House leaders to put legislation on the floor for a vote. It needs a majority of House members, or 218 signatures, to succeed. Such efforts are rarely successful because signing the petition is considered a sign of disloyalty for a member of the majority party. Even if all 199 sitting Democrats endorse the immigration discharge petition, it would still need 19 GOP signatures.
It is highly unlikely that the discharge petition will garner the signatures necessary to force a vote - despite the fact that a majority of House members have indicated they support immigration reform.