House Democrats: We Wish You A Very Happy… Discharge Petition?

nancy_pelosi_cakeToday, on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) birthday, House Democrats filed a discharge petition on H.R. 15. There will be 74 candles on Nancy Pelosi’s birthday cake this year, but the number she’s really wishing for is 218 – the number of signers needed to pass the discharge petition.

H.R. 15 is the House Democrats’ mass amnesty bill which misguidedly cobbles together the disastrous S.744 (the Senate Gang of Eight’s bill) with Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) weak attempt at a border security bill (H.R. 1417). H.R. 15 would grant mass amnesty to illegal aliens and couple it with little to no enforcement. A discharge petition, if it gathers 218 votes (a majority of the House), forces a bill onto the floor for a vote. (See FAIR’s legislative update for more information on what a discharge petition means.)

House Democrats have already used this unusual House procedural move to try to increase the minimum wage and to extend unemployment benefits. Both discharge petitions failed to meet the vote threshold necessary to pass. While President Obama was silent on these previous two discharge petitions, the H.R. 15 petition today quickly received a round of applause from the White House.

House Democrats shouldn’t cut Pelosi’s cake in celebration just yet. Don’t forget that just a few weeks ago Pelosi admitted on a radio show that the discharge petition would be a failure. She declared unequivocally, “We’ll never get to 218 on the discharge petition.” The three House Republicans who co-sponsored H.R. 15—David Valadao (R-Calif.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)— are refusing to sign this discharge petition, which would be seen as an affront to Speaker Boehner’s authority. Even amnesty supporters like the managing director of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez, characterized the discharge petition effort as “gathering meaningless petition signatures.” Perhaps, instead of Nancy Pelosi’s birthday, they should have acted next Tuesday, on a more fitting day for the H.R. 15 discharge petition: April Fools’ Day.

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    Nancy Pelosi is very sneaky, she’s not smart, she is just sneaky, remember how she got the Obamacare into law while everyone else was on holiday leave. We will just have to wait and see, if the Republicans can hold down the fort. If they give in were screwed. I hope and pray 218 votes will not be Pelosi’s birthday wish come true. She is just as terrible as Harry Reid is, they both have way to much power.

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    Like I have said to Nancy Pelosi. Let legal Immigrants come into the US with a green card and get this green card renewed for working in the US and up until the seven years with many green card renewals have the Immigrants say the Pledge of Alligance, and other major test before they can become American citizenship. It is time to put a stop to the Illegal Immigrants coming into the US, and know there will be rapist, murders, terrorist, robbers, The WH will give them jobs, when the American people need they. Limit their stay in the US or get a green card and have it renewed every year for yrs and let them fill out questionaires, and all kind of test before the can get their citizenship. This way all Illegals can be tracked all over the U S with their Green Card. I say (NO) to Amnesty!

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    If That Was a Cake of Frozen Labor Force Jobs Available in America

    She’s have to cut the slices quite thin [lower wages] to make sure all her overpopulation got a piece too.

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    You guys are so full of hate that is unbelievable…..this is not amnesty……I realize not too many people are educated but come on guys AMNESTY!!!!>? go back to school and learn what it means

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      There You Open Border Pundits Go Again

      When you can’t speak anything logical, you name call us LEGAL Americans and use illegal defamation of character against us, just like your blessed IAs are ILLEGAL too.

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    We need a secure border no doubt. But we also need interior enforcement since a large number of illegals overstayed visas. Which is why the refusal time after time of this administration to enforce law in the interior of the country makes a mockery of all their claims of the “deporter in chief”. Just another lie.

    I frequently see the argument that if a native born citizen of this country ever broke the law, then they have no reason to say anything about illegal entry. The usual thing is if you ever got a speeding ticket, you should be deported too. Just more of the low watt thinking on this issue. First of all, what country would you get “deported” to? Hello?