August 7th, 2008
04:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Boehner asks his troops to keep up protest for weeks

Boehner leads a press conference with House Republicans from the Capitol's steps in this February file photo.
Boehner leads a press conference with House Republicans from the Capitol's steps in this February file photo.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As most of Congress continues its August break from the Capitol, House Republican Leader John Boehner wants to keep a rare protest in the chamber continuing for at least the next two.

In a memo sent to GOP congressmen Wednesday, Boehner urged his troops to “indicate your availability for any days during the next two weeks, August 11th through 22nd, as soon as possible.” Those dates cover weekdays up until the political conventions start with the Democratic gathering in Denver on August 25.

“We must build on this opening,” Boehner wrote, “and keep building on it until the American people have been heard.”

Meanwhile, Democrats looked to make an issue of the Republican’s leisure time activity, distributing photos of a golfing Boehner along with reports that he had spent hundreds on green fees while golfing this week, as House Republicans demanded Democrats return to address a crisis situation.

Boehner’s office told the Washington Post that details of the outing at Boehner’s home course in Ohio were unclear, but they were confident that any golfing would have been done over the weekend.

Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer sent a statement out Wednesday blasting the GOP as short-sighted. “This week, Republicans are doing nothing but pushing the failed Johnny-one-note policies of the past,” he wrote.

Meantime, those Republicans like the polling numbers of the present. Americans surveyed by CNN and Opinion Research in late July supported offshore oil drilling by a two-to-one margin.

Now, Boehner and Republicans are making their move. In his memo asking members to return to Washington, Boehner wrote, “this is not a request made lightly.”


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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. steel

    grandstanding trying to deflect the reasons behind the second major vote against republicans this november.

    there is not enough oil to make a difference anytime soon or worth the effort or possible damage to the coastlines or the wilderness

    convert to natural gas or solar or wind

    August 7, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Jack

    This is just the GOPs last grandstanding chance to keep their promises to their big-oil donors before being swept out of office in Nov. Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay & Ted Stevens are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big oil's payoffs in Congress.

    Don't be fooled America. They ain't doing it for you.

    August 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. American en canada

    Mr. McCain is running the absolute most pathetic campaign I have ever seen in my whole life His campaign is just heartbreakingly pathetic. Republicans are loosing out in every area. They definetely don't have a chance this time.

    Would be PRESIDENT Barrack Obama will take a break as well he needs to replenish and charge his batteries before the final phase.

    Cheers to all of you Republicans

    August 7, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Bill MA.

    The republican leadership becomes sleazier with every congress. A few get caught for wrong doing, leave DC in dishonor, and clones of theirs fill the vacuum. Republicans couldn't care less about mainstream America. They are too busy being saps for oil companies. Some people will do anything to rub elbows with their heroes. It makes them feel important. They worship at the altar of Mobil, Exxon, Halliburton, and bush/cheney. Their constituents buy into their fear mongering every election cycle. This year they can go home, and whisper about Obama being black. That's their style. Wake up you republican voters who work for a living.

    August 7, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Go home

    Don't be stupid.

    August 7, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. chas alabama

    Congress should come in, vote NO, and leave again.

    August 7, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Pat, Atlanta

    Where has your protests been the last eight years?

    August 7, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Robert in Seattle

    Drill in already leased land NOW!
    Uncap existing wells NOW!
    Stop exporting oil NOW!
    Increase refining capacity NOW!
    Fund alternative energy NOW!

    No more for big oil until they use what they have NOW!

    Don't buy the lie. Haliburton is in Dubai!

    No more oil puppets!

    Obama 08

    August 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. RB

    Ha ha. He told his troops to stay in DC while he went out on a golfing spree VACATION!! The dumb leading the dumber!

    August 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is CRAP on top of CRAP.

    August 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Hank AZ

    This is an election year tactic by the Republican party to force a vote on off shore drilling and the opening of the ANWR to "Big Oil" exploitation, which will do nothing in the immediate future to ease the unwarranted price of fuel. I applaud the democrats for not knuckling under to the transparent actions of the repubican members of congress.

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Jon

    WHY HAS THE NEWS MEDIA ASKED THIS QUESTION .... WHY TO YOU WANT TO GIVE THEM "OIL COMPANIES" MORE LEASES TO DRILL WHEN THEY HAVE 50 MILLION ACRES THAT THEY HAVE NOT DRILLED ON YET? I'M FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING BUT IF THEY ALREADY CAN DRILL AND THEY DON'T WHAT WILL MAKE THEM DRILL NOW. I THINK THE VOTE THE CONGRESS SHOULD BE HAVING IS IF THE OIL COMPANIES DO NOT START DRILLING ON LANDS THAT THEY HAVE NOW THEY SHOULD BE FINED 20% OF ALL PROFIT UNTIL THEY SHOW A INCREASE OF PRODUCTION BY 30%.

    August 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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