Democrats can use this one weird trick to end the government shutdown

Democrats can use this one weird trick to end the government shutdown

House Democratic leaders should immediately file a bill with two simple provisions:  one, providing for short-term funding for the government until Jan. 1, 2015, and a second lifting the debt sufficient to comfortably get the government past New Year’s (with the shutdown, the two issues are now effectively joined at the hip). The deadline should provide for plenty of time to negotiate a grand bargain while keeping pressure on everyone to negotiate.

Then the Democrats should circulate what is called a discharge petition for a special rule to bring it to the floor for an immediate vote.  All it would take is about 20 responsible Republicans to sign the discharge petition, along with nearly the entire Democratic caucus, to create a majority that could force the vote and pass the bill.


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