Open letter to Pelosi: Republicans just want a chance to vote; Boehner’s Live Blog

posted at 12:40 pm on August 4, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The House Republican leadership has just delivered an open letter to Nancy Pelosi this morning, requesting that she call Congress back into session to … well, to do their jobs. Calling a recess “unconscionable” while high fuel prices rock the economy and harm Americans, especially the working class, the GOP says all they want is an honest debate and an open vote:

An Open Letter to Speaker Pelosi

On Friday August 1, 2008, at 11:23 a.m., your Democrat majority in the House of Representatives adjourned the House for five full weeks.

House Republicans believe that Congress should not go on vacation until we take action to lower gas and energy prices for struggling American families.

For the last two months we and our House Republican colleagues have used every tool at our disposal to try and get you and your Democrat majority to vote on legislation to lower gas and energy prices by expanding environmentally sound domestic production of oil and natural gas, improving energy efficiency, and encouraging the development of alternative energy technologies.

Many of the proposals we have asked you and your Democrat majority to allow us to vote on are bipartisan proposals that we believe would enjoy the support of a majority of the Members of the Congress. Yet because you and your Democrat Leadership personally oppose these proposals, you are not allowing them to come up for a vote.  This past Sunday, you even told George Stephanopoulos that you will never allow this vote to occur ….

In protest of you and your Democrat majority not allowing an up or down vote on producing more American energy, we and our House Republican colleagues were prepared to take to the floor on Friday, August 1, 2008, and speak to the nation. Rather than allowing that to happen you and your Democrat majority adjourned the House, turned off the television cameras, shut off the microphones and turned out the lights. Nearly 50 House Republicans remained on the floor of the House in defiance speaking to those citizens gathered in the galleries and to the media.

Today we have again returned to the Capitol to continue speaking to the thousands of Americans from all across our country who are visiting the Capitol. We would have preferred if instead we were joined by our colleagues to have a true debate on this issue that ended in an up or down vote.

We think it is unconscionable that Congress has gone on vacation before we have addressed the high gas prices that are crippling our economy and hurting millions of families.  We are asking that you reconvene the House from your five-week vacation and schedule a vote on legislation to increase American energy production. Let us be clear, we are not asking for a guaranteed outcome, just the chance to vote.

Signed by: John Boehner, Republican Leader; Roy Blunt, Republican Whip; Adam Putnam, Republican Conference Chairman; Eric Cantor, Chief Deputy Whip; and Members of the House Republican Conference

It looks like Republicans have committed themselves to the long game on energy policy.

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John Boehner’s office has started a live blog to keep up with the events today. Keep checking back during the day.  Here are a couple of nuggets from today’s debate:

“Without your help we won’t be able to do anything…like the founders of this country we’re going directly to the American people.” – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

The oil might not flow for a year or two, but the jobs will start immediately…Right now, this House is an obstacle, not a platform.” – Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

The jobs would begin immediately, and long-term planning based on surplus rather than shortage could also begin.


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If they keep this up and keep hitting Pelosi on this, I just might have to donate something.

Esthier on August 4, 2008 at 3:47 PM

I figure if they aren’t happy with “Democrat”, we can compromise and start calling the “Democraticans”.

Immolate on August 4, 2008 at 1:01 PM

How ’bout we call them “The Nancy Pelosi chapter of Al Qaeda in America”!! You know…the one that’s dedicated to the total destruction of our country.

landlines on August 4, 2008 at 3:56 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 3:58 PM

This is a national security issue. The American consumers are being held hostage by foreign entities

Yes, aside from the economic havoc it’s wreaking, you are exactly right. Which, again, is why we need to set aside the partisan crap and political advantage to solve the problem.

crazy_legs on August 4, 2008 at 4:04 PM

You might want to remember I said this was a “fine letter.” I’m a conservative. I’m not a liberal. I’m also not stupid, and it’s just stupid and juvenile to refer to Democrats as a noun when the term is supposed to be an adjective.

Sydney Carton on August 4, 2008 at 2:52 PM

That’s where you’re confused. It’s not supposed to be an adjective. It simply refers to the name of the party in the majority. They are Democrats, therefore it is a Democrat majority … not a democratic majority.

darwin on August 4, 2008 at 4:18 PM

It’s not IF Pelosi will cave, but WHEN she will cave, now.

Have a great vacation Nan! Say hi to all those Code Pinkos camped out in your garden!

Sucks to be Nancy Pelosi.

Resign you dingbat and we’ll all be better off.

NoDonkey on August 4, 2008 at 4:41 PM

We need pictures of these scums of vacation while their constituants pay huge chunks of their paychecks at the pump. We need those pictures plastered all over till November.

oakpack on August 4, 2008 at 4:46 PM

I hesitate to believe – they are politicians, after all – but perhaps, just perhaps, there are a few of them out there who understand the concept of “We, the People, …” and are listening to their constituents.

Those involved in leading this, er, standoff … I suspect we should keep our eye on these folks. They appear to be doing and not just talking.

WraithRat on August 4, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Yes, aside from the economic havoc it’s wreaking, you are exactly right. Which, again, is why we need to set aside the partisan crap and political advantage to solve the problem.

crazy_legs on August 4, 2008 at 4:04 PM

This didn’t just happen. Gas has been over 2 bucks for a couple of years. When did it just become a problem which needs solving in the next 3 months? Making noise about it is fine, but I’m always suspicious of quick fix solutions to sooth the savage beast. Also, at some point the ethanol boondoggle has to stop. By now, everyone rcognizes how destructive and ineffective it is. Will we have a better chance of dumping it, when the time comes, with a donk or GOP Congressional majority? Sensible long term programs and deletion of those which are harmful aren’t going to happen with the donks holding a majority. I’m not even sure about the pubbies, given their love for pork, but it’s all we’ve got at this point.

a capella on August 4, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Ya, you’re right a capella. We shouldn’t jump into this. It’s only been about forty years. Let’s take another forty.

oakpack on August 4, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Nice to see my representative’s name as a co-author on that letter.

His stock just went way up and made me glad I voted for him.

Sucks to be Nancy…

Et tu Brute on August 4, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Ya, you’re right a capella. We shouldn’t jump into this. It’s only been about forty years. Let’s take another forty.

oakpack on August 4, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Did I say that?

a capella on August 4, 2008 at 5:29 PM

This didn’t just happen. Gas has been over 2 bucks for a couple of years. When did it just become a problem which needs solving in the next 3 months?

Where did I say it needed solving in the next three months? What I’m saying is that it’s really disturbing to see our side wanting to parley this into some kind of electoral triumph. That’s what Democrats do, and it’s what they’re trying to do now.

Yes, this is a problem that’s been going on since the late 70′s. Where has partisan bickering gotten us in that time? Gas that went from $2.00 to over $4.00 in two years. That worked out really well, didn’t it?

So given the choice between the possibility of working this out, clearing up the red tape, and start really cranking out domestic oil (which would have an immediate and dramatic effect on prices), or dragging it out until November for political advantage, which would you choose?

Personally, I love what the GOP House guys are doing. This is a problem that has been tied to politics for too long, and they’re demonstrating that very effectively. You can’t ask for a better demonstration than Nancy Botoxi shutting down all debate and then jetting off on her book tour. The House GOP staying behind is the icing on the cake. But this is too important to keep as a partisan issue. Why?
1) It is a national security issue.
2) The economy is strong, but it’s not robust enough to withstand the beating it’s taking in all setors from artificially high oil prices. My wife and I are spending $200 per week on groceries where just a year ago we were spending half to two-thirds that.
3) I simply don’t trust an overwhealmingly Dem congress and an Obama executive branch to do the right thing. If we can do it before the election, that takes that possibility away. I think that the House GOP-ers can snipe enough Blue Dogs to make this happen if Botoxi opens it up for debate and voting.

I do agree that the ethanol boondoggle has to end as well.

crazy_legs on August 4, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Anyway, I hope I’ve finally made myself clear, because I feel like I’m going over and over and over the same ground.

I’ve gotta go home and mow the lawn.

crazy_legs on August 4, 2008 at 5:31 PM

How many milimeters of good does Nancy have on her face?

Entelechy on August 4, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Its not gas all my neighbors are pissed off about. Its HOME HEATING OIL and gas. And we all agree, the moment the democrat party gets behind drilling and that news is announced, the price will drop to $30 a barrel overnight, because the speculators will bail out or lose their shirts.

dogsoldier on August 4, 2008 at 6:08 PM

S/b

How many milimeters of goo does Nancy have on her face?

Entelechy on August 4, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Caption for that screen-cap: “The Grim Reaper and his Bride of Frankenstein”.

RMR on August 4, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Looking at that screen shot, I think Dusty Reid needs to warm up his hands………………….

Seven Percent Solution on August 4, 2008 at 11:18 PM

The RNC needs to take out a NYT full page add.

desertdweller on August 5, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Is Pelosi traveling on the taxpayers’ dime with the jet she comandeered as part of her “right” as Speaker in order to promote her book and campaign in the process? Is there any way to find out?

How about the Dems using this recess to campaign in their districts? Are they using the perks of their government-leased and fueled vehicles during this interim?

If the answer is yes to either of these points, the electorate could be roused to even further heights of fury.

onlineanalyst on August 5, 2008 at 6:13 PM

crazy_legs: Even if President Bush called the House back into session, he does not control its agenda. The Speaker of the House does.

Pelosi has not allowed ANY bill or amendment that includes drilling or use of “fossil fuels” to even reach the floor for a vote. She knows that members of her own party had already begun to defect from her marching orders, and she knew that she would lose on an up-and-down vote.

I suggest that she peddle her book and her “save the planet” message on a world tour that includes China, India, Russia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and so forth. She can take Al Gore with her for amoral support.

onlineanalyst on August 5, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Why is it that every time I look at the photo, my brain automatically sees Senator Reid in overalls with a pitchfork?

CC

CapedConservative on August 6, 2008 at 7:14 AM

I only have two comments. In the picture used in the lead-in Why does Sen. Reid remind me of Mr. Crachett, and Ms Pelosi reminds me of Nurse Ratchett?

Michelle’s use of free speech/play on words renaming Ms. Pelosi, Pelosi Gallore is so on target that Ms. Pelosi will never be able to shake it. I am sure there will be a MSM reporter will take it as as insult and keep the ball rolling until there is no going back.

MSGTAS on August 6, 2008 at 10:46 AM

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