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.”