Rep. Lowenthal Seeks To Compel House Vote on Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Alan Lowenthal joined nearly 160 of his colleagues in Congress on Wednesday in signing a "discharge petition" that would force a House vote on H.R. 15, a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislative package that he cosponsored.
"We demand a vote because the American people are tired of living under a broken immigration system and seeing families broken apart. Today I stand with millions of families across our country to call for comprehensive immigration reform. We have a bipartisan bill with wide support from the American people. Now we simply ask Speaker John Boehner to bring H.R. 15 to the floor of the House for a vote," Congressman Lowenthal said. "This bill secures our borders, provides an earned pathway to citizenship, and increases economic opportunity for all Americans. I look forward to voting yes on comprehensive immigration reform this Congress."
When 218 Members of the House sign the discharge petition, it will trigger a floor vote on the bill. As of Thursday morning, 157 House members had signed the discharge petition, with more expected.
Cosponsored by 199 member of Congress, including three House Republicans, H.R. 15, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," is a comprehensive immigration reform package introduced in October 2013 by Congressman Joe Garcia (D-FL). The Senate version of this bill, S. 744, passed the Senate on June 27, 2013 by a bipartisan vote of 68-32.
The House of Representatives has failed to vote on any comprehensive immigration reform legislation during the course of the 113th Congress, despite numerous calls from members of Congress, President Barack Obama, and the American people.