Rep. Tom O'Halleran Signs DACA Discharge Petition
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) signed a discharge petition that will allow the entire House of Representatives to fully debate four bills to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“I have met with many young DREAMers who have called Arizona home for as long as they can remember. They are our neighbors, students, doctors, teachers, and they deserve stability. We have avoided a permanent solution for their futures for too many years, and that has to end. I am tired of Congressional leaders punting the important issues just because there is a tough election coming up.
“I am signing this discharge petition with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to get the ball rolling on this debate. Our communities depend on us to tackle important issues, not ignore them. DREAMers and our communities are owed a robust debate on policy. It is the right thing to do, period.”
The discharge petition allows the House of Representatives to debate and vote on amendments to H.R. 4760 – Securing America’s Future Act – in a process allows one of the four amendments to pass by a simple majority under what is known as the “queen-of-the-hill” rule.
The amendments to be debated are similar to the following bills:
- H.R. 4760, introduced by Rep. Goodlatte
- The DREAM Act, introduced by Rep. Roybal-Allard and cosponsored by Rep. O’Halleran
- The USA Act, introduced by Reps. Hurd and Aguilar and cosponsored by Rep. O’Halleran
- An unreleased amendment from Speaker Paul Ryan