The latest sign that the Democratic Party may be expecting dismal results in November is evident in reports that they’ll employ the tactic known as a “discharge petition.”
Viewed by some as a “Hail Mary” of sorts, the legislative tactic requires at least 18 Republican lawmakers to join forces with Democrats.
The idea is to use the means in the GOP-controlled House to force votes on issues that stand to benefit Democrats — issues such as raising the minimum wage and immigration reform, Fox News reported.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said her caucus will make a play when Congress returns from its break Feb. 24, according to Fox News.
“We do see immigration as an economic issue, reducing the deficit [and] growing the economy,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters last week. “But right now, we’re starting with the minimum wage.”
Polls show a minimum wage hike is heavily supported by voters, and forcing Republicans to reject an increase could hurt their chances at the ballot box.
Democrats understand a discharge petition is a long shot — the last time it worked was in 2002 to deliver a vote on campaign finance legislation.
“I don’t think we’re ever confident that we’re going to get 18 Republicans to sign a discharge petition,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
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