Discharge Petition Offers Way to Avoid Default

House members can help the country avoid a devastating national default by signing onto the discharge petition for House Resolution 350.

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Sarah Baker 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House members may begin today to sign onto a discharge petition for a resolution that offers a path to averting a looming federal default and the disastrous consequences it would bring.

Christy Goldfuss, chief policy impact officer for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) made the following statement:

“With the United States weeks away from what would be a devastating national default, House members have the chance, starting today, to pull the country back from the brink. By signing on to the discharge petition for House Resolution 350, members can set the stage for a straight-up vote to avoid defaulting on America’s financial obligations in time to avert certain disaster. Every member who cares about a functioning economy should sign on to this resolution without delay.
“It never should have come to this. What’s brought us here is a cynical House majority willing to block the government from paying its bills unless Republican extremists get their way. Their demands include cutting federal spending to starvation levels, sidelining critical environmental safeguards, and rolling back strategic clean energy investments that are driving a manufacturing renaissance in red states and blue.
“This reckless gambit has already imperiled the economy, roiled financial markets, and jostled the family checkbook. Now it’s threatening essential government services, clean air and water, healthy communities, and good-paying jobs. Speaker McCarthy is playing with fire."

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Established in 1970, NRDC uses science, policy, law, and people power to confront the climate crisis, protect public health, and safeguard nature. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, Beijing and Delhi (an office of NRDC India Pvt. Ltd). Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC. 

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