The Marietta Democrat became a gun control activist after her son was killed in a high-profile shooting in 2012. She later ran for office, in part, in response to the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. She said House Democrats recently decided to simultaneously launch all three discharge petitions with hopes of sending a clear message about their seriousness on the issue.
“That is why we have filed today’s discharge petition, because we have been sent to the House of Representatives to use every tool that is made available to us to find solutions, solutions that will save American lives,” McBath said during an afternoon news conference to promote the initiative. “We refuse — and I say it again, we refuse — to let the power of the (National Rifle Association’s) gun lobby stand in our way.”
House Democrats were briefed behind closed doors on the plans Tuesday morning. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries and U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost of Florida, the House’s youngest member and the from from Generation Z to be elected to Congress, were among those who joined McBath at the news conference.
Their effort is not guaranteed to work. House Democrats also created a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a stand-alone debt-limit measure that didn’t include federal spending cuts House Republicans wanted.
While every House Democrat signed that petition, no Republicans did and therefore it never received the majority of signatures needed to force a vote on “clean” debt-ceiling legislation. Instead, the moderate House Republicans that Democrats had hoped to sway stood behind Speaker Kevin McCarthy and supported the legislation he negotiated with President Joe Biden that lifted the debt limit and also reduced federal spending.