BREAKING: Every House Democrat Signs Boyle Discharge Petition

May 24, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC — As of today, all 213 House Democrats have signed on to a discharge petition filed by Pennsylvania Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, to provide consideration of a debt ceiling bill. Ranking Member Boyle's petition remains available for signature by every Member of the House who is committed to averting default and protecting the American people from economic catastrophe.


Under House parliamentary rules, once a petition has garnered 218 signatures, a motion to discharge can then be offered on the Floor and the measure can be put to a vote. In this specific case, discharging the special rule will provide a legislative vehicle for raising the debt ceiling.


“All 213 House Democrats have made their positions clear – we are fully united in our commitment to avert default and protect American jobs from a MAGA-manufactured crisis,” said Ranking Member Boyle. “With just eight days until default, it's time for my Republican colleagues to choose: either help Democrats prevent this economic tragedy or silently surrender to Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies as they intentionally cause the government to default.


“We still intend to gather 218 signatures so I strongly encourage my Republican friends to sign their names and be a part of the solution, not the problem. Which of them will have the courage to stand up and choose country over party?”


In her most recent letter to Congress, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reaffirmed that the U.S. could default on its obligations as soon as June 1, 2023 if Congress does not act. Industry leaders and economic experts across the ideological spectrum have repeatedly warned Congress of the painful costs of default and brinkmanship. According to Moody's Analytics, a prolonged breach of the debt ceiling would spark a recession, kill 7 million jobs, more than double the unemployment rate, erase trillions in household wealth and retirement savings, shrink the U.S. economy by more than 4 percent, and wound our economy for years to come.