Republicans have not yet decided, after weekend negotiations with the President that gained ground on support for a raise on the debt ceiling, to look far enough into the future the government operations do not end in a budget default. San Diego representatives Susan Davis and Juan Vargas joined over 180 other House members to sign a petition asking the House to agree on the discahrge petition that would put the congressmembers to work producing results for reopening the government.
Furloughed local federal workers are slowly losing pay that could add up to millions of dollars lost without an end tothe shutdown. Davis, in agreement with a majority in Congress asking for an end to the shutdown, today, went on public record saying there needs tobe an end to the economic harm caused. The discharge petition would immediately put the House into an hour of debate on passing an amended Government Shutdown Prevention Act and safeguard against default by raising the debt ceiling temporarily until November 15th.
Vargas, just after having helped stop the financial hardship caused by the brief end to military death benefits that kept a local family in his district at a loss for benefits, signed onto the resolution written to take a call for legislative action, that guards against further economic worries, proposed by Reps. Chris Van Hollen and George Miller out of the COmmittee on RUles.
Once the debt ceiling is raised, the President plans to go back to work on creating jobs without spending more than a fair share of the taxpayers' money. He has not, however, given permission, to "kick the can down the road" for a month on preventing default.
Majority signatures on the petition will serve notice on Speaker John Boehner the bill that sat on his desk needs to get talked about on the floor by House Republicans, and their wearied peers on the government opening deal, House Democrats.
This is an On The Watch Take.