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Democrats don't have enough members in the House to make a discharge petition on immigration successful, the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe informs us. Democrats respond:

This is the kind of incisive analysis that gets you into the big leagues of political reporting:
Simply put, the math isn't there. The House Democratic caucus includes 199 members — 19 short of the votes needed for a petition to succeed. No House Republicans have said they plan to sign the petition and buck party leaders.
Wait, Democrats don't have the votes to pass their legislation through the House? Surely not! You have to have some sympathy for people expected to rewrite the same stories over and over, but c'mon. This is sad even by those standards. It's not until the seventh paragraph in that we get to the actual story:
Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently conceded that a discharge petition won't succeed in forcing a vote on immigration reform. "We'll never get to 218 on the discharge petition,” she told Sirius XM Radio’s Julie Mason at an event earlier this month.

But, Pelosi said, "outside mobilization is saying, 'All we want is a vote.'"

And that's the bigger goal of Democrats in this situation. They want to inspire outside groups, Latino voters and others pushing for reforms to hold it against Republicans during elections this fall.

That's nothing new, but at least it's addressing part of what's actually going on. Immigration reform will happen either when Democrats control Congress or when John Boehner feels too much pressure to ignore it.

Sign the petition: Demand that House members sign a discharge petition to pass immigration reform.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  But can they count to 218 in November? (0+ / 0-)

    IMHO if the D's run a full-throated populist campaign against the "do-nothing Congress" in every district the GOP picked up in 2010 and 2012, there is a fighting chance.  Also necessary would be  massive voter registration, especially among Hispanics, young people and women, and good candidate recruitment.

    Truman in 1948 was called "Give 'em hell Harry" -  he responded "I just tell the truth and they think its hell!"  If we can reach enough swing voters with the truth, a lot of Beltway pundits may be very surprised.  

    Some polls indicate that many voters are sufficiently p!ssed at Congress not only to want to throw the rascals out in general (a political science cliche), but to throw out the rascal from their pwn district in particular, which is man bites dog news.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 01:32:58 PM PDT

    •  The immigration issue also splits progressives (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, Chitown Kev, Odysseus

      With unemployment so high among democratic minority voters, many of us would prefer less competition for the few available jobs.

      The group Progressives for Immigration Reform gives a convincing progressive argument to lower immigration for the good of U.S. workers and the environment.

      Getting to 218 is not only about Republicans, there are also Democrats who have to answer to their constituents and may have to act in the interest of U.S. citizens before the nationals of other countries who cannot even vote.

      The last thing many of these Democrats want is to have their vote on this issue used to remove them from office.

  •  When Democrats actually want to be (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats, they can count alright.

    You rich people really give me gas. And I don't mean the gas I put in my car.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 03:35:43 PM PDT

  •  Same lame excuse as HR 1010 (1+ / 0-)
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    the minimum wage bill.

    Is there, like, some collective amnesia going on in DC?  Have Democratic leaders forgotten how to do their jobs?  Or do they think we don't remember how this stuff used to get done?

    Dems in DC, get out there and get some votes, ok?   Find the Republicans who don't want to have to campaign on defeating these bills in the fall and get them to sign the discharge petition.

    Push the corporate lobbyists out of the office.  Put down the fundraising phone and get these bills passed.  

    Get off yer duffs.  People are starving, homeless, jobless, desperate. Act like you care or go home, but for goodness sake, do your job.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 03:46:37 PM PDT

  •  The put the pressure on Boner (0+ / 0-)

    Because there are 218 votes there.

    And that vote would end Boner's Speakership...

  •  Hmmmm, how about a compromise? (0+ / 0-)

    I think Progressives should demand a vote on Immigration in the House.

    And in the spirit of comity and compromise, Harry Reid should allow a vote on ACA Repeal in the Senate.

    Are you with me??  Who's with me??

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