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August 04, 2008

Happening Today Republicans Meet About Energy

The House Gallery is FULL!!!

Bush is still saying no special session but I am still thinking postivie about this.

Cantor to Obama: Tell Pelosi to Bring Congress Back

abc news

A Virginia congressman who is reported to be under consideration to be Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., running mate urged Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on Monday to pressure the Democratic leadership of Congress to take action on off-shore drilling.

"If Barack Obama is serious about trying to fix this problem," said Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., "the first thing he should do is pick up the phone and call Speaker Pelosi and tell her to bring Congress back so that we can begin a process of getting an off-shore drilling bill across the floor of the House."

Cantor's effort to pressure Obama on Pelosi and off-shore drilling comes in the wake of the presumptive Democratic nominee softening his opposition to off-shore drilling. Obama told a Florida newspaper on Friday that he does not see off-shore drilling as a solution to the U.S. energy crunch while saying that he would go along with expanded off-shore drilling if it were necessary to win a broader policy overhaul focused on renewable sources of energy.

Asked Sunday on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" why the House Democratic leadership won’t allow an up or down vote on the issue of drilling, Pelosi accused House Republicans of doing the bidding of Big Oil.

“We have a debate every single day on this subject,” said Pelosi, calling the GOP protest “the war dance of the handmaidens of the oil companies.”

The Associated Press reported on Saturday that McCain's campaign has asked Cantor, who serves as chief deputy Republican whip in the House, for personal documents to aid in the search for a running mate.

During Monday's McCain campaign conference call with reporters, Cantor refused to discuss the vice-presidential selection process when he was asked about it by the author of Saturday's Associated Press story.

"Congratulations on being on the short list," the AP's Bob Lewis told Cantor "would you care to comment any about your conversation with the senator over a possible choice."
"No I wouldn't," said Cantor, "this a press conference about the energy plan and the difference between the visions that Barack Obama has and John McCain."

"Thank you, Bob. Thanks for trying," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.


Rob Wittman up on Twitter

These are just some of the updates:

Taken from here......CLICK to see latest as it is live and not being shown on C-Sapn

Also there is this..............

If you want to listen to my live teletown hall with VA-01 constituents, call 209-244-7073. The event ID code is 11718#

Rep. Mike Pence just said that Congress has a responsibility to America to address the number one issue in the land. 8 minutes ago from web

Conaway says she’s the Speaker for the entire House and she owes it to all members to allow the will of the people to be carried out. 24 minutes ago from web

Rep. Conaway is speaking about the responsibility of the Speaker to call for a vote on an American energy policy. #dontgo 25 minutes ago from web

He said this is the opposite of the Congressional leadership today which refuses to take action for American energy independence. #dontgo 29 minutes ago from web

Rep. Jordan is speaking and pointed to John Adams and how the first Congress fought to establish American independence. #dontgo 29 minutes ago from web

He said that this Congress should do the business of the American people- we must have a debate and vote on a comprehensive energy policy. 39 minutes ago from web

Rep. Gingrey is now speaking about how the Speaker has turned off the lights and the sound system to quell debate about energy. about 1 hour ago from web

Rep. Herger talked about his constituents and how folks that live in his district and work in Nancy Pelosi”s distrct want Congress to act! about 1 hour ago from web

Rep. Don Manzullo just gave an impassioned speech about the freedom this nation fought for to have the debate about energy. about 1 hour ago from web

The House floor is nearly full with Members, staff and tourists. People are clapping and screaming “vote,vote,vote”. about 1 hour ago from web

Rep. Wolf said this is a travesty for Americans because those resources must be accessible for the economic and strategic needs of the US. about 1 hour ago from web

Rep. Frank Wolf (VA) just spoke about the leases that Cuba has granted to China to drill for oil in areas next to US territorial waters. about 1 hour ago from web

Rep. Musgrave said that the Speaker should allow a vote because it was what the American people want. about 1 hour ago from web

Rep. Musgrave relayed stories of constituents and their suffering and called upon the Speaker to allow a vote. about 1 hour ago from web

Rep. Cole points out that previous energy bills passed by Congress were vetoed by President Clinton. about 2 hours ago from web

Tom Cole is speaking now. Americans are demanding a comprehensive energy policy. Congress must act. about 2 hours ago from web

He said that we are helping our enemies each day we are without a comprehensive energy policy that creates energy independence. about 2 hours ago from web

Lynn Westmoreland is speaking about the lack of action by the majority party and the rhetoric they have professed about energy policy. about 2 hours ago from web

Tom Price is leading off asking for the House to be called back into session. about 2 hours ago from web

you can listen here:

Wild Thing's comment.......

Nancy Pelosi is going to learn one way or another that it is NOT HER HOUSE it is the people's house.

They are on a roll today. Mike Pence was on Laura Ingraham's radio show as well. Laura was reporting on the Republicans , and talking about the people (tourists) cheering in the gallery.

Sometimes it is really WONDERFUL to be wrong. And I was wrong. The House Republicans ARE serious about this!


Game plan change. LOL

After reading what Mark, Tom, Jack, RWB, Les ...all of you ......and all of you have written. I was wrong. I had wanted the win now and that is not a good idea, it would be better to have a really big win and a better win later.

Thank you ALL for your input.


Posted by Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 02:27 PM


Its about time Bush acts like a Republican and call the congress back into session, that would go along way to let the voters know what is really going on with this do nothing but get in the way congress with a dem majority.

Posted by: Mark at August 4, 2008 04:40 PM

Mark, I agree so much, he is being given such a huge opportunity. He has to konw there is tremendous support from all of us and from the Rep. in the House that have been fighting back.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 05:05 PM

John McCain became aggressive and refocused the presidential campaign from Obama to himself as setting the leadership agenda. It is now President Bush's turn to focus the country on a "Drop Dead America" Congress and call them back into a special session on energy and immediate drilling. Doing so will go a long way to reducing and maybe preventing a Republican bloodbath in November. Failure to do so stabs Republicans in the back and adds to the Drop Dead America attitude in Washington DC.

Posted by: Les at August 4, 2008 05:26 PM

It appears that Speaker of The House Pelosi has forgotten that she is a representative of the people, task with doing what the people wish to be done in government.

I seem to recall back when the Democrats took control of The House over a year and half ago at a news conference that Pelosi made a commitment to the people of this Republic that she was going to see that the wishes of the people be done and honored, that the time of the House not listening to the People was over, “we are going to do what the people want” or something like that.

Well just over 70 %, more than 2/3 of the people in this Republic want the US to start drilling for our own oil on and off shore to relieve our dependence from the Middle East and OPEC.

Her position as Speaker of The House does not entitle her to force her will or opinion upon the people of this Country or the House as a whole. She works for us. As speaker she no longer Represents just the people of California but the people of the Nation as a whole. On Friday she made this a personal issue between Democrat and Republican, not what is the best need of the Nation or its people.

Her actions on Friday were un-called for and disgraceful not only for her party but the people. But then she is a Democrat so it is nothing new.

It is time for the President to take hold of the reigns of Government and show Speaker Pelosi that she is not in charge.

Posted by: John 5 (VN69/70) at August 4, 2008 05:27 PM

The media sure is low balling this event, why you'd think that they wouldn't want the public to focus on one party's commitment and the other's lack of commitment. Like I said in a post some time back give the Dems enough rope to hang themselves. So far the 110th Congress's accomplishment have included a pay raise for themselves and nothing for the nation. School starts soon, so does winter, both tax the budget to the max, maybe some of the mile high city crowd will get a rude awakening.

Posted by: Jack at August 4, 2008 08:31 PM

Unfortunately my congresswoman is following the lead of Pelosi, Reid & company. My request of her to back Peter King's (R-NY) position on energy fell on deaf ears. Her response mirrored the Dem. position. I will be contacting her office asking her to return to Washington. Yes, Bush should call congress back into session.

Posted by: Bob at August 5, 2008 09:28 AM

We have a few courageous Repub troops, but we don't have a leader of the Party. Bush should call a special session right now and energize the Repubs.

Posted by: TomR at August 5, 2008 10:22 AM

If you don't do any thing else to-day go over to
Confederate Yankee and check out Mac &P.C on OIL. rotflmao!!!

Posted by: Tincan Sailor at August 5, 2008 10:35 AM