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In this Dec. 12, 2013, file photo House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the podium, is joined by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, to her left, as she calls for action on immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington with other lawmakers and activists. Democrats are planning to rely on an infrequently used and rarely successful tactic to shine an election-year spotlight on Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage and overhauling immigration laws: it’s known as a "discharge petition.” It requires the minority party to persuade some two dozen Republicans to defy their leadership.

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In this Dec. 12, 2013, file photo House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the podium, is joined by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, to her left, as she calls for action on immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington with other lawmakers and activists. Democrats are planning to rely on an infrequently used and rarely successful tactic to shine an election-year spotlight on Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage and overhauling immigration laws: it’s known as a "discharge petition.” It requires the minority party to persuade some two dozen Republicans to defy their leadership.