Rhode Island congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin both signed a formal petition to try to reopen the government Saturday morning.
NBC 10 spoke with Congressman Cicilline just a few hours ago, and he spoke to us about it, "this is a petition attempting to force the speaker to bring to the floor a clean funding resolution to open government."
This action is a congressional procedure called a discharge petition. It essentially functions to seek a majority vote to end the shutdown, to do this however the petition will need some bipartisan support.
According to Congressman Cicilline, "there are about 20 or so republicans that have made public statements that they support a clean CR - a clean funding bill. So we know they support it, the question is will they have the courage to sign the petition that will allow them and the rest of us to vote on a bill and open the government."
The shutdown, nearing the end of its second week, has had worldwide effects, and our elected officials say it's time to stand up and make a statement for the welfare of our citizens.
As Congressman Cicilline told NBC 10, "this is about making a decision that is right for our country. People want and deserve to have a government that is opening and functioning - the rest of the world is watching us, and we also have to make sure we pay our bills and don't become a deadbeat nation."
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