It’s on: House GOP’s oil protest to resume tomorrow; Update: Obama’s flip-flop inspired us, say sources

posted at 4:36 pm on August 3, 2008 by Allahpundit

Said the boss this morning, “Seems to me House Republicans should be holding a public event every day in Washington from now until the end of the Democrats’ vacation to call attention to Nancy’s anti-drilling intransigence and her refusal to hold votes on the issue.” From her lips to the leadership’s ear. Just across from Boehner’s office:

Washington, Aug 3 – House Republicans will be back on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives again Monday to continue the unprecedented protest that began last Friday, when dozens of Republicans joined hundreds of American citizens on the House floor to protest Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) decision to send Congress home for the rest of the summer without a vote on legislation to lower gas prices and move America toward energy independence.

In an urgent memo sent to GOP Members and staff Saturday (“A Call to Action on American Energy”), Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) hailed Friday’s action, which was led by Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Tom Price (R-GA), and others, and encouraged House Republicans to return to the Capitol beginning Monday morning to help keep the historic effort going.

“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.”

More than a dozen Republicans have already committed to being there; Pete Hoekstra, leveraging the buzz the GOP got in the blogosphere on Friday for its use of new media, sent forth the good word this afternoon via Twitter. No word yet on what they’re planning, but if you’re not yet convinced that the wind is at their back on this, go read the transcript at Newsbusters of Stephanopoulos beating his head against a wall trying to get a straight answer out of Pelosi on why she won’t allow a vote on drilling.

Update: At least 30 Republicans are in now, says ABC. Sweeter still:

One House Republican says, “I’m a 25 year veteran of the U.S. Congress, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

GOP members say they would not be holding this debate tomorrow, if the Democratic nominee had not modified his position on off shore drilling.

They believe that with Obama and his Republican opponent John McCain, appearing to be in “agreement” about off shore drilling, then Speaker Nancy Pelosi should recall the Congress from recess, and put an energy bill on the floor in August.

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This should be the GOP’s new mantra:

we shall drill on the beaches,
we shall drill on the landing grounds,
we shall drill in the fields and in the streets,
we shall drill in the hills;
we shall never surrender.

CP on August 3, 2008 at 10:57 PM

How about…

Drill Here! Drill Now! No Mercy, Sir!
Drill Here! Drill Now! No Mercy, Sir!

(adaptation from the Cobra Kai mantra in Karate Kid)

connertown on August 4, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Just got a call from my Congressman Lee Terry’s Office. He got my email asking why he is not in Washington. He will will be going back soon. He and his staff here in Omaha will also be having an ‘Energy Relief Rally’. The rally will be held on Tuesday, August 5th at 5:30pm on the southwest corner of 120th & Center. He is asking that we save our gas receipts for the month of August so that he can present them to Nancy Pelosi. Calling your representative does work.

bevslape on August 4, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Just sent a message to our congressman. Hope he listens!

We are so proud of the GOP for bringing attention to the inaction of the House with regards to the energy policy. We encourage you, Pete Sessions and your colleagues, to be a part of that protest in Washington. This is an important issue for all of America and it seems that the youngest GOP members are energized into making a stand. We will pledge to donate $250 to your campaign if you promise to be a part of this protest.


XXXXXXX(removed name for privacy)

PS. Stop the tyranny of Pelosi!!

Aggie85 on August 4, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Oh for the love of Pete! Just called my Rep’s office (as I have done every day to wish him a great ‘vacation”) and asked if he intended to return to Washington. He is John Tanner of TN8th btw. The office phone gal who answered told me he was for drilling and introduced a bill, with the Group of 10, before Congress adjourned. HUH! That group is Senators, he is a Congressman! How utterly stupid do they think we are????? I asked if he intended to return to DC soon and she said they have no update on his plans. They are literally running scared now and lying through their teeth folks. Keep it up!!!

dustoffmom on August 4, 2008 at 4:46 PM

As for the House not being able to be filibustered, I guess you can’t anymore… at least not since after the first few Congresses. Which really doesn’t make my point anymore valid… I try.

PresidenToor on August 3, 2008 at 11:23 PM

What????? Oh, never mind!

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2008 at 8:36 PM