Congressmen Langevin, Cicilline sign a petition to end shutdown
By Alana Cerrone
Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline have signed a formal
petition to put an end to the shutdown.
They announced Saturday that they both signed the ‘discharge
petition', which allows a majority of members to bypass Speaker Boehner and vote
on a bill to continue funding the government.
"I feel confident that the votes are there to end this
shutdown, so we can focus on other critical issues before us, especially
raising the debt ceiling to preserve the full faith and credit of the United States,"
Langevin said. "This political ploy has gone on far too long, and we have
the power to end this manufactured crisis if Speaker Boehner would just let us
"The shutdown is not only impacting hundreds of
thousands of federal employees, but it is also hurting our economy and harming
my constituents who rely on federal programs and benefits," Langevin
continued. "I urge my Republican colleagues to put our differences aside
and end this crisis by signing onto the discharge petition."
"Almost two weeks into this pointless shutdown, it's embarrassing that
Congress still hasn't passed a clean bill that will open the federal
government," said Cicilline. "I'm proud to sign this discharge
petition that would force Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on this important
issue for Rhode Island