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. biffington, biff

    but they were confident that any golfing would have been done over the weekend.

    YEAH.. OK... LET'S GO WITH "THAT"....

    August 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. jk

    Why do I have to pay for this?? I say get all these guys out of congress for making us pay for the power they want. Where do you get to calling yourself a troop???Campaign staffers are a bunch of sissies.

    August 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. bernj

    What a nut job this dude is. Looks like total silly season stuff for the republicans.

    August 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    The American people have been heard Mr. Boner.

    They were heard in 2006 when they swept the Repugnant Party out of the majority in Congress and the will be heard again in 2008 when the GRAND OIL PARTY and their politics all the time are further sent out into the wilderness. Take a blanket it's cold out there.

    It's time for real change!

    Yes we can!!

    August 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. voter

    Not a drop for 7-10 yrs – what's the rush?? They're really scared Obama will win and their oil brothers won't be able to fund them as much in the future =(

    August 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Chris from NY

    He can protest until the clouds turn red nothing is going to happen. We have two oil big machines in the white house who we have given so much to live for for years to come and now American people are being asked again to give much more. Unless there's no God in the heavens. That's the only way some of these people can get away with what they have done.

    August 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Watermann

    That´s because 2 of 3 take their knowledge from the so called mainstream media and some newspapers. The may not be capable do do a web-research about the issue.

    August 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. DR. YES

    go play golf!you're done!

    August 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. CNN = Jerry Springer of news

    More political pandering...I wish Americans would turn off the reality shows and do a little research on the issues so they will not be fooled by these tricks! I hope Boehner is doing his part by keeping the caddies in jobs – at least golf carts run on electricity and not gas...

    August 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Carol

    Keep it up guys!!

    America is behind you!!

    We don't want to be pawns for the oil rich countries of the world any more!!

    Pelosi and Reid need to be impeached!!

    August 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. karen-phoenix

    The republicans are shamful! I have been a republican for over 50 years!!! Never again after the last 8 years!!! Now this stupid stunt. The republicans have had 8 years to fix this country and all they do is keep destroying it . We need new, young, educated, smart in Washington.
    OUT WITH THE OLD<<< VERY OLD and in with the NEW
    GO OBAMA

    August 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........................

    August 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. bridgette

    Grow up Republicans no one is falling for this mess. Even the white house thinks they are being silly. It's a waste of time and they are bidding time. They can't get a vote right now and they don't want a vote. They are just trying too keep your mind off of all of the mess that this adminstration is responsible for.

    August 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. kcmookie

    Let me be the first to say, I have a Boehner.

    August 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. jimmy

    KEEP THE PRESSURE UP ON THE DEMS BLOCKING LEGISLATION ON AN ENERGY BILL. PELOSI IS THE MAIN REASON BEHIND THE GRIDLOCK. WE NEED A GOP PRESIDENT THAT IS NOT UNDER PELOSI'S CONTROL.

    August 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. McCain’s PHONY EXPRESS

    Trust me, America already knows that this is just a political stunt. You had months if not years to resolve this problem.

    OLD WASHINGTON POLITICS. TIME FOR CHANGE!!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Fed up from Tx

    Did you call on the President? Right, my point exactly what a hoax to pretend to want to actual solve something remember going on 8 years and stll no closer/no compromise. Must be willing to give and take to get stuff done!!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Sharon

    Politics, as usual. Those dipsticks on their faux oil for the American people crusade didn't care one whit about any of this until they saw a political angle to it. I hope the American people don't fall for this nonsense again. The Republicans have had more than 7 years to screw everything up - let's not give them 4 or 8 more.

    August 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Adam

    The American people want cheap energy in any form, don't try and use our hardships to give money to oil companies you fascist neocon! We want a comprehensive energy bill, not one that only includes drilling. This will only prolong the inevitable, we want renewable energy as well!

    August 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. adam

    the President can call a special session, Republicans need to go ask him and then explain to us conservatives why they want government to intervien in the market and why they believe the extra-tax dollars should be spent for their special session.

    August 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. seeing the truth

    yes Repubs keep up your efferts EXXON is counting on you!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Joseph in PA

    Wow...Republicans against high oil prices to fill the ever growing pockets of the Oil Company executives. What a nice sit-com that would make for the ABC fall line-up.

    Big Oil and the Republican Party have a nice cozy friendship and WE ALL know it!

    August 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Jo Ann

    this is funny he is just wasting time and money>

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    Way to go Boehner!

    Have your minions do your dirty work while you go on vacation. So typical of the leadership of your party. If he is not willing to help his own fellow congressmen, why would anyone believe he cares about the average American?

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. California Gold

    Our Republican President, who is also on vacation during the Washington DC Summer Hiatus, should invite all these Republicans down to Crawford Texas for their sit-in, they can knock down a few cold ones and chill out while singing protest songs around the campfire.

    August 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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