Pelosi Threatens "Discharge Petition" on Middle Class Tax Cuts
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November 30, 2012 - 1:55pm
Nancy Pelosi just floated an idea that, if it's feasible, could make a big difference in fiscal cliff negotiations. The use of something called a "discharge petition" to pass standalone middle class tax cuts.
As I've noted before, in the modern-day House of Representatives you can't pass a bill where all the Democrats team up with a handful of Republicans to add up to 218. There's a party cartel dynamic at work where only bills the Republican caucus approves of can reach the floor. The way around that is a procedural move called a discharge petition. You run around signing up members to the petition, and if enough members sign the Speaker basicaly has to bring the bill to the floor regardless.
These petitions rarely work since signing a minority party petition would be considered a major breach of party discipline. But now again their use or threatened use helps break a logjam...
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