Charlie Dent was on CNN just now saying he won’t sign the House Democrats’ discharge petition to force a clean vote on reopening the government because it wouldn’t force action until October 28.
That’s just silly, and it’s missing the point. The discharge petition is like card check. John Boehner says the votes aren’t there in the House for a clean CR, and Charlie Dent disagrees. He can prove Boehner wrong by signing his name and helping the Democrats get the 218 signatures they need for their petition. Once we see there are 218 signatures, we’ll know Boehner’s math is wrong and we can hold the vote.
Charlie Dent can vote to reopen the government right now by signing this petition, but he’s either 1. chicken, or 2. trying to create his own mini-hostage negotiation with this fake compromise bill. If he’s really serious, he’ll sign the petition.