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But on the 12th day of the shutdown Saturday, more than 100 Democrats filed into the House chamber one-by-one to sign the petition.
“The American people have had enough,” Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y) said at a press conference before the Democrats signed the petition. “The government shutdown has been an abject failure of this Congress to do its job.”
It’s still a long shot thanks to the complicated nature of discharge petitions, one of the only ways the minority can force a vote.
“[Boehner] has prevented Democracy from working its will,” Van Hollen said [ (D-Md.) ranking member on the Budget Committee]. “We’re calling on every member of Congress who has told their constituents that they want to vote to immediately open government that this is the time to show they mean what they say.”
Meanwhile back on the Just-say-No Republican Ranch ...
“We’re not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”