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August 04, 2008

House Republicans Go Back On The Floor Today (Monday) To Talk Gas Prices

Strother Martin protraying Nancy Pelosi


House Republicans go back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices


Continuing with their guerilla tactics from last week, House Republicans will be back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices, even though Congress is in recess, and they may stay there all week.

More than a dozen Republicans have already committed to make appearances, according to House GOP leadership aide, including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.).

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who lead Friday's five-hour talkathon after the House shut down for the August recess, are also expected to be there, according to this aide.

"In an urgent memo sent to GOP Members and staff Saturday (“A Call to Action on American Energy”), Republican Leader John Boehner (R-) and Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) hailed Friday’s action, and encouraged House Republicans to return to the Capitol beginning Monday morning to help keep the historic effort going," said a press release just released by Minority Leader Boehner's office.
“It’s not a request we make lightly. But the American people are suffering,” Boehner and Blunt said in the memo. “The consequences of continued congressional inaction on gas prices are unacceptable. We’ve called on the Speaker to call Congress back into an emergency session this month and schedule a vote on the American Energy Act. We must continue to make a stand until the Speaker complies.”

Update - Neither Boehner nor Blunt are expected to be in attendance at Monday's talkfest, and its unclear if they will show up at any point during the week, according to GOP leadership aides.

The session will not be televised, since C-Span does not control the cameras inside the House chamber. Rather, those come under the purview of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats, and they're unlikely to do anything to help Republicans.

Pelosi was grilled by host George Stephanopolous on ABC's "This Week" over her refusal to allow an offshore oil drilling vote on the floor before the House adjourned for the five-week August recess, but Pelosi was having none of it.

"What you saw in the Congress this week was the war dance of the hand maidens of the oil companies," Pelosi said. That's what you saw on the Republican side of the aisle."

This was last Friday and you can hear how angry they were.

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

Nice to see forward progess instead of the old side to side shuffle...lets hope they maintain their momentum, symbolic acts can be very powerful.

This is a good time to call our reps and get them to DC.

These few are doing the right thing now, and even if the motivation is that they’ve finally awakened to the anger of the American people in an election year, it beats the hell out of more of the same. I believe the only way we’ll get more of this behavior is if they see and hear our enthusiastic support.

A dozen is better than none. It started with 5 on Friday and grew to 50, no telling how many will come back on today.

Pelosi: "What you saw in the Congress this week was the war dance of the hand maidens of the oil companies"

I wonder if someone fired her soundbite writer. That's just wincingly bad.

....Thank you Les for sending me the article.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 03:55 AM


The popular 14% DSP - Democratic SocialiSt Party - ruining the economic lives of WE THE PEOPLE commoners! Hang 'em high!! - Whiskey for my men and beer for my horses...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 4, 2008 04:36 AM

One more facelift and Pelosi won't be able to close her eyes. She already looks like a Zombie.

I really hope she holds firm to her stance and not relent. but I am beginning to think this is a political ploy. That suddenly on Oct 31, how apropos, she will have a 'religious moment' and all the democrats will vote for off shore drilling. This religious experience will completely befuddle the republicans and Pelosi and ILk will get all the credit. Of course it will be orchestrated at the proper time in order to enhance Husseins chances.

Otherwise this anti oil stance by the demos is counter productive for them, their stance doesn't make any sense.

Otherwise, this could be a Republican clean sweep.

Posted by: Mark at August 4, 2008 07:50 AM

I agree that the dim's anti-drilling stance is counter-productive. I think that their funding from Sierra Club etc. would be threatened if they came out for drilling. High energy prices and buying foreign oil weaken America. This is "good" for the Hate America First crowd. What I would really like to know is where the funding for these Hate America types comes from. We could then take steps to cut the head off of the snake.

Posted by: RWB at August 4, 2008 08:22 AM

I agree with Mark. I think the Dems will change their mind on drilling(with a lot of added on riders of course), then assume credit for the success. Obama has already changed his stance and said he can see more off shore drilling.

If the Dems change their mind, the MSM will hail them as the great energy saviors and the Repubs will not even get a footnote.

If the Dems stand fast and don't change their minds on drilling then it could cost them in the November elections.

Posted by: TomR at August 4, 2008 11:19 AM

From Jan 3 2007 to date they haven't done anything but obfuscate the issues and obstruct the needs of the nation. Maybe the nation will see through the charade the Democrats have made of the system but I have my doubts. They are so narrow minded and fixated on totalitarianism and Obama that they can view the world from a single crack in the picket fence from a quarter mile away.

Posted by: Jack at August 4, 2008 02:08 PM

Darth, I like this....."Whiskey for my men and beer for my horses".

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 05:09 PM

Mark,heh heh yes that is a really bad photo of her. I kept this one a long time ago because it was bad and showed more how she is on the inside in her soul. haha

I hadn't thought of it that way about her holding out. You are right because it puts a whole different slant to what the outcome would be.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 05:13 PM

RWB, yes I see what you mean.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 05:15 PM

Tom, yes I was wrong. I was thinking it would be a win now to make Pelosi have to do something she does not want to do.

But you are right and so is everyone. hahaha

I like this idea much better and then a real win later on.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 05:17 PM

Jack, Yes your right. I sure was hoping for the wrong thing. hahaha I like it better if nothing happens and then the dems will really be upset. I like that much better.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 4, 2008 05:23 PM

The best thing that these Republicans can do is to keep the pressure on Nancy Pelosi for an immediate up/down vote. This includes working with whichever Democrats want to actually get something done for the people. If they force Pelosi to have a vote and they win they can take credit up to the November elections campaigning on "change". Change of obstructionist Democratic leadership and control of Congress.

If the Republicans lose in either getting or winning an up/down vote they can campaign against a "Drop Dead America" Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and other Democrats in Congress. Sounds like a Win-Win to me.

Posted by: Les at August 4, 2008 05:37 PM