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H.Res.774 - DACA Discharge Petition

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4760) to amend the immigration laws and the homeland security laws, and for other purposes.



You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe a number of DACA related bills should be pushed to the House Floor for debate and for a vote. If there is a petition that has a full majority, meaning over 50% of member’s signatures, then they should not be held by their committees from being debated and voted.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that bypassing the committee and party leadership process can break apart the majority. These bills should not be allowed to come out for a vote.

A vote for a number of DACA bills could be forced via what is called a “discharge petition,” a rare procedure which skips the committee and leadership process and puts the bill/s on the floor for a vote. In order for a discharge petition to become a reality, a full majority number of signatures are needed, that is 50% or more or at least 218 signatures.

Democrats don’t have a majority in the House, which means some Republican votes are needed. A group of moderate Republicans are signing on to the bill. Assuming all Democrats sign the petition, only 5 more Republican signatures are needed. The reality is not all Democrats are on board. Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas has expressed concerns about border protections since his district lives on the border. This means that the more democrats sign off the petition, more Republicans will need to sign on to push the bill unto the floor for a vote.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has clearly expressed he believes the effort to be “futile.”

“We want to advance something that has a chance going into law, where the president would support it,” Paul Ryan said, saying that discharge petitions are a “big mistake” which would “dis-unify the majority.”

Even though he has told his colleagues to not sponsor the petition behind closed doors, several Republicans have already signed on. As of May 17th, 20 Republicans congress members have signed on to the petition introduced by Republican Rep. Jeff Denham and Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

Republicans, in an effort to kill the discharge petition, are contemplating bringing H.R.4760 - Securing America’s Future Act up to a vote, being the most conservative of the DACA bills intended to be brought up via the petition. Since this bill was used as a vehicle for the discharge petition, bringing it for a vote would kill the petition. The problem here for Republicans is that only a small amount of Republicans stand behind the bill and the legislation is likely to pass, with the support of Democrats.

"This institution should be driven by courage, not by cowardice, and the goal should not be to suppress members from pursuing their legislative goals, it should be to empower each member, and that's what we're trying to do," Curbelo said. "The goal is to empower each member of the House, including the speaker, to advance the solution that each member believes is the best one for this challenge and to try to gain supporters for that solution. So this is not in defiance of anyone."


Read some of our summaries of current DACA legislation.

- H.R.4760 - Securing America's Future Act. (Would grant conditional amnesty to DACA recipients while funding border protection.)
- S.2464 - Three-Year Border and DACA Extension Act ("Three-for-Three"). (Would grant DACA recipients a three-year extension while funding the Trump Administration's border protection plan for three years.)
- H.R.3440 / S.1615 - Dream Act of 2017. (Would grant DACA recipients conditional permanent resident status without funding for a border wall or border protection. Commonly referred to as the “Clean Dream Act.”)

H.Res.774

Sponsored by: Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10].

Cosponsored by: 49 Rep / 196 Dem.

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H.R.4760

Sponsored by: Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]..

Cosponsored by: 5 Rep / 0 Dem.

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S.2464

Sponsored by: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 1 Dem.

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H.R.3440

Sponsored by: Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40].

Cosponsored by: 2 Rep / 1 Dem.

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S.1615

Sponsored by: Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC].

Cosponsored by: 2 Rep / 5 Dem.

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H.R.496

Sponsored by: Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6].

Cosponsored by: 15 Rep / 16 Dem.

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