By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A member of the U.S. House has already collected 162 of the 218 co-sponsors needed to advance a discharge petition that will repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
According to World Net Daily (WND), Rep. Steve King (R-IA) sponsored the petition which has already gained two thirds of the support it needs to move forward in spite of fierce opposition from ObamaCare promoter Nancy Pelosi.
House discharge procedures require the support of a majority of the 435 member chamber, 218 votes, before moving forward.
King’s proposal states: “Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Steve King of Iowa, move to discharge the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration and Appropriations from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 4972) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was referred to said committees on March 25, 2010, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures.”
When the unpopular health care reform bill came up for a vote this past March, all of the Republican members of the House along with 34 Democrats opposed it, which resulted in a narrow 219-212 victory.
King is hoping all of the 212 members who voted against ObamaCare will sign on to the discharge petition, which means he only needs to secure the signature of six other members in order to achieve a majority.
“This is starting to come together,” King told WND. “All the Republicans [earlier] voted no. We should all be for repeal.”
He said he’s counting on the 34 Democrats who voted no to “demonstrate the courage of their convictions” by supporting a repeal plan.
Because many of these members are running for re-election in districts where the majority of voters want the law repealed, he’s hoping this additional pressure might bring them to sign on to the petition. Some Democrats who voted in favor of ObamaCare are also facing tough election challenges in areas where voters are in favor of repeal, which could make signing onto the petition more politically expedient.
Since the petition for repeal requires a majority, if the necessary number of signatures is achieved, it is virtually assured of approval once it reaches the point of being advanced.
Even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a staunch supporter of government-run healthcare, would never allow a vote on repeal, under the discharge-petition process in the House, she would have no power to stop it.
Once the petition passes in the House, it would need to pass in the Senate and would ultimately land on the President’s desk, where his certain veto would guarantee the need for a veto override.
“The American people did not want Obamacare passed, and they have consistently called for their representatives to show that they stand with them by repealing the legislation,” King said. “Our discharge petition provides an avenue for repeal that even Speaker Pelosi cannot block. Republicans recognize that a clean, 100-percent repeal bill is the best strategy for uprooting ‘Obamacare’ lock, stock and barrel, and will continue to show their commitment to Obamacare’s repeal by quickly signing our discharge petition.”
Citizens are being asked to call their representatives and ask them to sign onto the petition as soon as possible so that it can move forward irregardless of what happens in the 2010 elections.
WND is also sponsoring an on-line petition drive to rally the public to the cause for repeal.
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