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Amodei Signs Discharge Petition to Vote on DACA by Year's End

November 30, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Contact: Logan Ramsey, 202-225-6155

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) today released the following statement after signing the discharge petition relating to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The purpose of the petition is to bypass the traditional legislative committee process, which in Amodei’s opinion, has produced no results for the last 75 months.

“After the President issued the Congress a March 5th, 2018 deadline to resolve the DACA issue, I said that Floor action was – and continues to be – absolutely necessary after years of coulda’, woulda’, shoulda’. If any of my colleagues believe DACA is the perfect material to insert into an end of the year spending bill, tax reform bill, or other type of major legislation, in view of this week’s chapter in partisan polarization – I respectfully disagree.

“Signing this discharge petition represents the only tool left to me as an individual Member of Congress to keep my word by doing everything I can to bring the DACA issue to the House Floor for a vote, before the end of this year. Once again, this falls into the category of I’d rather be criticized for attempting to move an issue toward a solution, than watching nothing happen on issues for years. As I have said before, it’s impossible to defend doing nothing in circumstances like this.

“If successful, the discharge petition would bring the bill (H.Res.508) to the Floor, where amendments may be debated, discussed, and voted on in the Rules Committee and on the House Floor. The last time I checked, that’s called the legislative process, a process which allows people to judge Congress’s work product by virtue of how we voted instead of what we said.”

For additional information with respect to Congressman Amodei’s position on this issue, please click here.