August 4th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Congress should reconvene, vote on energy bill

CNN

"Drill here, drill now," McCain said Monday.

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain called Monday for immediate congressional action on the nation’s energy crisis, joining a call by his Republican colleagues for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call legislators back from their August recess for a special session.

The Arizona senator said he would return to vote on any proposal. McCain has missed Senate votes since April, including several involving major energy measures – one of which, a summer gas tax holiday, was a standard element of his spring stump speech.

Watch: McCain calls on Democratic leaders to call Congress back into session


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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Al, NY NY

    good call there John. Are you gonna attend?

    August 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. DJ, LA, CA

    McCain is a joke. If voting was sooooo important why didn't he show up for his own proposals and other votes?

    Hypocrite.

    August 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. R.I.F.

    McCain did not show up to vote on FISA, the new GI Bill, nor Medicare either and now he's yelling at congress to come back to work? Pot, meet kettle. This guy's a joke along with his GOP buddies. If they realy want Congress back then they need to by yelling at President Bush. He's the one that can force Congress to come back.

    August 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. A Nightingal Sings in Berkley Square

    They had 7.5 years to do something about this and controlled both Houses for 6! Why is it important now? Oh yeah, it an election year. Hypocrites!

    McCain won't attend because it will interfere with Matlock and nap time.

    August 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. CW4Barack

    I think you should reconvene the right side of your brain with the left side and throw in some morals while you are all meeting!!

    August 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    So they should re-convene while mcsenile does what? he wouldn't even commit to joining them in working out a comprehesive energy bill. of course, when asked he will lie and say he did.

    August 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. mary, new jersey

    Mc Idiot should be a shamed of himself, when was the last time he voted on anything?!!

    August 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Wilson, Seattle

    Yeah, whatever happened to the gas tax holiday? Oh yeah, it was replaced by off-shore drilling; an equally stupid political gimmick. If you believe openning a few oil rigs in suboptimal drilling conditions off the US coast will somehow increase the world supply of oil enough to drop prices you have been duped. Period. The only way to drop prices is to decrease consumption or come up with competitive alternatives.

    August 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Abby

    Not that you would show up! Just like you didn’t show up to vote on the ‘Webb’ bill to support our veterans and didn’t show up to support our seniors on the Medicaid vote. We are paying attention, Senator. You can fool some people sometimes…

    OBAMA 08

    August 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    Since the do nothing Democrates are, well doing nothing, the Republicans are at least giving up their time off to make a point.
    The Republicans are the only ones serious about solving the problem.

    Over 70% of Americans want to incude offshore drilling in the mix to solve energy problems. Pelosi says she is trying to save the planet by stopping drilling and then says the oil companies should drill more on land already leased, what? Make up you mind Pelosi, save the planet or drill more.

    Obama says Americans need imediate help on the cost of gas. McCain suggests suspending the Federal gas tax for a while. Obama is opposed, says it would really increase the cost of gas by making it more affordable and consumers would by more and increase demand and thus increase the price. Brilliant.

    Obama want to enact a windfall tax on oil compainies and use it to give $1000 rebates to low income people who are struggling with the cost of gas. Good for the low income, bad for middle income. This move will only increase the cost of gas as oil compainies charge more to recoupe what they lost in the windfall tax and middle income tax payers do not get the rebate. So they just get to pay even more for a gallon of gas. Brilliant.

    Obama has just said Ameicans should reduce their electricty consumption by 15% in the next 5 years. Yet his energy plan has us all converting to electric cars to use electricity instead of oil for our transportation. That would result in an enormous increase in elecrtic consumption. Does he even think about what he says?

    We must elect McCain in 08 and get rid of Pelosie an Reid and restore Congress to a Republican majority.

    August 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. CW4Barack

    McCain wasn't even avaialble to vote on his own stupid gas tax holiday bill! John McCain, more of the same stupid gimmicks for America. Sen. Obama solutions for America!

    August 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Abby

    PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE 'McCain has missed Senate votes since April, including several involving major energy measures – one of which, a summer gas tax holiday, was a standard element of his spring stump speech."

    Please don’t let the gimmick man fool you. Please. This is too important.

    August 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. J

    Oh there is a surprise... Why call it an Energy Bill?? Just call it what it is .... Permission for oil companies to drill for more oil and make even more money.

    August 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. NotFallingInLine.org

    Interesting since McCain hasn't been to work for years now.

    August 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. rhoward

    Senator McCain's a fine one to tell Pelosi and Reid what they should do about a special session. He cared so much about what was going on in Congress that he hasn't even voted since April. Talk about hypocrisy.

    August 4, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Chicago Red

    McCain calls on Democratic leaders to call Congress back into session....MCAttack you need to go the Rest Room, SIR

    August 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Frank, Missouri

    He missed all those energy votes including the one for/against gas tax gimmick .... nice – and NOW everybody should come back so that Old-Man-Yells-at-Cloud can catch up on that vote ?

    Get up earlier and don't miss the early bird dinner!

    August 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. I. M. Harsh

    And you and YOUR campaign should GROW UP!

    And I thought Clinton's antics were petty and childish...

    Good grief...

    August 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Tammy - KCMO

    My understanding is that McCain is too busy in Sturgis, SD today attending the motorcycle rally to be bothered with dealing with any real issues that affect the average citizen.

    August 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. A Nightingale Sings in Berkely Square

    Of course they should. This Pelosi led House of clowns has been a total failure for 2 years. The bipartisianship and dignity she promised have resulted in stifiling free speech and the use of archaic House rules to stymie any ideas outside of her and the Senate's Reid. A 5-week vacation, ha, they should be ashamed. With the salary, retirement, and insurance benefits they receive they have a lot of nerve taking a week off from work (if that's what you call it).

    August 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Pepou

    That's right McSame. Go out of your retirement home, put on your sun cream and go back to vote since you missed votes in the Senate since April ...

    August 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Axel

    So where has McCain been for the past 27 years ? Isn't the timing of this all quite interesting considering we are in an election cycle. Don't be niave.

    August 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. David Newport, OR

    Maybe if he in Washington doing his job in the first place, a compromised bill would have been reached. Wouldn't that have shown America that he was really a leader instead of just talking rhetoric?

    August 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Jack

    Out with the Old in with the New......The RNC will be in the minority.

    August 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    This stooge is only sounding off, because Obama presented his energy policy today. Can somebody tell grandpa to go sit down somewhere, get out of the way and let Obama do his thing and fix the mess his stooge buddy Bush caused!

    August 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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