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Attempt to circumvent Boehner in the House

Almost 200 members of the House of Representatives trying to circumvent Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, and bring a clean spending bill to the floor.

Legislative typically receives a vote when it has the support of the Speaker, but a discharge petition signed by a majority of the representatives would allow a bill to get a vote. Boehner has refused to bring a clean spending bill, which would end the government shutdown, if he couldn't pass it just with Republican votes.

The measure is supported by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Late Saturday night the list supporting discharge didn't include U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook.

Tonko said the shutdown has cost taxpayers more than $3.3 billion. “In the House, 200 Democrats and 30 Republicans have expressed their support for passing a clean funding bill that will reopen government, put furloughed federal workers back to work, and restore certainty for small businesses," he said in a statement. "Still, Republican House Leadership continues to refuse to give this measure a fair vote. It is my hope this petition will force a vote and do the right thing for the American people.”

According to a Congressional Research Service study, cited by Tonko's office, there have been seven successful discharge petitions in the last 30 years.

The federal government has been shutdown since the start of the month.

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