On June 13, 2013, Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT-2] filed a discharge petition in the House that would force a vote on the Student Loan Relief Act of 2013 (HR 1595). The Student Loan Relief Act would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the reduced interest rate for Federal Direct Stafford Loans.
In the House, if a majority of Members (218 or more) sign on to “discharge” a bill from committee, it will be brought to the House Floor for a vote without a report from a Committee — without cooperation of the leadership. (Learn more.)
This is only the second discharge petition to be filed in this Congress. It is viewable on the House Clerk’s website.
Weigh in on this issue at popvox, where you can send a note to your House representative asking him/her to sign onto the discharge petition for HR1595: https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/x126