House Democrats on Tuesday filed a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on the Senate’s bill to extend the Bush-era tax levels for the middle class, but allow rates to rise for the wealthy.

Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) filed the petition at noon, and it will need 218 signatures to take it out of committee and bring it to the House floor for a vote. Democrats won’t reach that majority without help from a few dozen Republicans; despite this hurdle, several Democrats called on members of both parties to support it in order to avoid a tax hike on the middle class.

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