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Donnelly goes against own party (yet again); signs discharge petition

March 15, 2008

Rep. Donnelly has signed the discharge petition for HR 4088. He did so yesterday, a Friday, perhaps in hopes that it would blunt media/public attention.

Donnelly’s action undercut the leadership of his party, who do not want this bill to move to the House floor. This is seen as a maneuver by the GOP to embarrass the Democratic presidential candidates.

Our Congressman has, again, undermined the mainstream of his own party.


DW Editorial: Urge Donnelly not to sign discharge petition on the SAVE Act

March 12, 2008

The GOP is seeking signatures for a discharge petition (this is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and to the floor for consideration without a report from a Committee and usually without cooperation of the leadership – Wikipedia) to force a vote on the SAVE Act.

The SAVE Act stands for Secure America through Verification and Enforcement and represents an “enforcement first, second, and last” approach to immigration issues. This is not an example of comprehensive immigration reform and instead represents a disturbingly narrow-minded outlook on what is a complex issue.

Republicans are looking for both Democrats and fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives to sign this discharge petition. Regardless of Donnelly’s position on the SAVE Act (he supports it), a discharge petition is not the way to advance this bill’s consideration. Such an action works against the Democrat Party in this crucial period leading up to the November 2008 elections. Signing the discharge petition undercuts the Democrat leadership in the House and, ultimately, weakens the party. This is an effort orchestrated by the GOP against the Democrat Party and is intended to embarrass the Democratic presidential nominee, whoever this turns out to be.

Please consider writing or calling Rep. Donnelly’s offices and urging him not to sign this discharge petition.

Rep. Donnelly’s DC office: (202) 225-3915 Fax: (202) 225-6798

South Bend office: (574) 288-2780 Fax: (574) 288-2825


Thank you,