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Health-Care Reform Repeal Petition Garners Few Signatures

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Although scores of lawmakers vowed to repeal health-care reform legislation, only a handful of House Republicans actually signed the discharge petition calling for such a repeal.

The discharge petition must be signed by 218 members of Congress in order to force the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put the matter up for a vote. But the discharge petition introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on June 16th has garnered only 30 Republican signatures so far, as lawmakers consider November elections.

Last month the Heritage Foundation launched a new 501(c)(4) group, Heritage Action for America, to run advocacy campaigns that they can't run as a 501(c)(3) organization: The group, which aims to rally Heritage Foundation supporters around the country, is making Rep. King's discharge petition its first item for action. The group claims it will encourage more signatures by engaging in political grassroots advocacy and targeting members of Congress in their home districts with paid political advertisements, local grassroots activity, online activist tools and earned media.

"I fully expect more members to sign the discharge petition as the pressure for repeal continues to build," said Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham.

Here's the list of lawmakers who have signed the discharge petition so far:

Jo Bonner (R-Ala.)
John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
Gary G. Miller (R-Calif.)
Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
Connie Mack (R-Fla.)
Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.)
Tom Graves (R-Ga.)
Tom Price (R-Ga.)
Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-Ga.)
Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)
Steve King (R-Ia.)
Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.)
Dan Burton (R-Ind.)
Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
Michele Bachmann (R-Mn.)
Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
Robert E. Latta (R-Ohio)
Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.)
Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.)
Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas)
Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)
Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)

UPDATED JUNE 29, 2010

Dan Holler communications director of Heritage Action for America told HuffPost:

"Currently, 52 members of Congress have signed Discharge Petition #11. The fact that another 22 Members signed on today demonstrates this effort is gaining momentum quickly and we fully expect that every Member of Congress who is opposed to Obamacare will ultimately sign the discharge petition."

Below are the lawmakers who signed on today:

Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.)
Mike Rogers (R-Ala.)
John Campbell (R-Calif.)
Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
Bill Posey (R-Fla.)
C. W. Bill Young (R-Fla.)
John Linder (R-Ga.)
Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.)
Charles Djou (R-Hawaii)
Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)
Steve Scalise (R-La.)
Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.)
Candice Miller (R-Mich.)
Howard Coble (R-N.C.)
Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)
Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
J. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.)
Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)
Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
Pete Olson (R-Texas)
F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.)

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