WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) signed a petition to reopen the government. A special congressional procedure, known as a discharge petition, will allow a majority of members to bypass Speaker Boehner and force an up or down vote on a continuing resolution that would reopen the government.
"Every day that the government stays closed, thousands more veterans go without disability payments, families and businesses go without critical loans, cancer patients go without needed NIH treatments and federal workers go without pay," said McDermott. "The needless pain we are causing Americans is reprehensible and must come to an end."
On it's 12th day, the shutdown costs taxpayers up to $300 million a day. The discharge petition for H. Res. 372 would provide funding through November 15 at a compromise level requested by Speaker Boehner. The petition only needs a majority of House members to sign on and does not require any action by the Republican leadership.
"This has gone on long enough," said McDermott. "If the GOP leadership won't honor the compromise we found in the continuing resolution, we have no choice but to bypass their authority. I'm optimistic that some of my Republican colleagues will put the good of the country before partisan fights and join us."
The petition to open the government comes just days before the government reaches it's debt limit and a catastrophic American default becomes a possibility. If debt obligations are not met, the full faith and credit of the United States will severely damaged along with the economy.