May 17, 2018
Aguilar Signs Discharge Petition to Force Vote on DACA Solutions
Rep. Pete Aguilar signed a discharge petition to force a vote on Rep. Jeff Denham’s bipartisan “Queen of the Hill” rule to allow Members of the House to debate and vote on four competing legislative solutions for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Included in the package of four bills is the USA Act, the bill Rep. Aguilar introduced with Republican Rep. Will Hurd to provide a legal path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, known as Dreamers, as well as make commonsense improvements to border security.
“The fact is that despite claiming he wants to solve this problem created by President Trump, Speaker Ryan has refused to let the House work its will and vote on a solution. There are hundreds of thousands of Dreamers throughout the country who have no idea what their futures hold, and that’s unacceptable. Members on both sides of the aisle are tired of inaction and empty promises, and this discharge petition is about stepping up to do what our constituents sent us here to do— govern,” said Rep. Aguilar.
The Denham rule allows a debate and floor vote on Rep. Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act, the clean Dream Act, a bill offered by Speaker Ryan, and the bipartisan USA Act introduced by Reps. Aguilar and Hurd. In order to force a vote on the Denham rule, 218 Members of the House will need to sign the discharge petition. The number of signatures is updated in real time here.