Braley starts farm bill petition discharge process
July 25, 2012 | 06:27 PM
Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa
Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, announced today that he has initiated a discharge petition that if signed by 218 members of the House, would force the leadership to bring up the farm bill before the August recess.
Charging that House leaders have blocked the chamber from voting on the farm bill before the recess, Braley noted that House rules provide that a bill must receive an up or down vote if more than 218 members sign a document known as a discharge petition.
Braley said he has taken the first steps to initiate the discharge petition process, which would circumvent House leaders’ hold on the farm bill.
“Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but I believe they can come together to get the farm bill passed,” said Braley. “House leaders should not delay this vote any longer, and I’m taking action today to force a vote on this important issue. Iowans are depending on the farm bill for their future and cannot wait another five weeks to know the path forward.”