U.S. House Democrats probe move to reopen government -aide


WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House ofRepresentatives are working on a maneuver that would force avote on legislation to fully reopen the federal governmentimmediately, according to a House aide who asked not to beidentified.

While the aide did not provide details, the rarely used"discharge petition" maneuver normally dislodges a bill from acommittee and sends it to the House floor if there are 218lawmakers signing the petition in the 435-member chamber.

House Republican leaders have been blocking attempts byDemocrats to pass a bill granting emergency funding to reopenthe government without add-ons to delay or kill the "Obamacare"healthcare plan.

Many Democrats and some Republicans think that if astraight-forward spending bill was put on the House floor, itwould pass.

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