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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Timothy J. Walz
Looking to break the "fiscal cliff" gridlock, House Democrats are attempting to use a "discharge petition," a little-known procedural move, to get around Speaker John A. Boehner and force a House vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for everyone except individuals making $200,000 and more and couples making $250,000.
Even though the Senate reached a bipartisan deal Thursday about an ethics bill regulating the personal financial activities of lawmakers, that didn't stop House leaders from arguing over how to proceed with the measure in their own chamber this week.
"Everyone here agrees: Taxes should not go up on middle-class families. Democrats and Republicans can come together to make that happen," said Rep. Timothy J. Walz, Minnesota Democrat, who launched the petition.
"The discharge petition, while we do want to get it to the [House] floor, it can also be a catalyst to move people," said Rep. Timothy J. Walz, a Minnesota Democrat who filed the petition on behalf of his party. "It sends a signal to [House Speaker John A.] Boehner that, if he gets a few of his members on it, it maybe frees him up for a little bit of negotiating."