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Congressmen Langevin, Cicilline sign a petition to end shutdown

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 By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline have signed a formal petition to put an end to the shutdown.

They announced Saturday that they both signed the ‘discharge petition', which allows a majority of members to bypass Speaker Boehner and vote on a bill to continue funding the government.

"I feel confident that the votes are there to end this shutdown, so we can focus on other critical issues before us, especially raising the debt ceiling to preserve the full faith and credit of the United States," Langevin said. "This political ploy has gone on far too long, and we have the power to end this manufactured crisis if Speaker Boehner would just let us vote."

"The shutdown is not only impacting hundreds of thousands of federal employees, but it is also hurting our economy and harming my constituents who rely on federal programs and benefits," Langevin continued. "I urge my Republican colleagues to put our differences aside and end this crisis by signing onto the discharge petition."

"Almost two weeks into this pointless shutdown, it's embarrassing that Congress still hasn't passed a clean bill that will open the federal government," said Cicilline. "I'm proud to sign this discharge petition that would force Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on this important issue for Rhode Island families." 

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