August 7th, 2008
04:17 PM ET
10 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. Ken

    This crap is so dumb. I have gone onto the House floor every day of this protest, and all they do is complain about the same things. The worse part about it is they had an opportunity to fix these very problems for 12 years or even early this Congress even though the Democrats were in session. They have blocked legislation that the Democrats tried to push through. They are also making personal attacks against Nanci Pelosi that are completely uncalled for.

    If the Republicans really believed in this protest, then EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM WOULD BE THERE!! At any given time, they have less than 15 members there. The rest of them are on vacation. Also, they have shortened their protest from being 9-5 to 10-3. They are so lame.

    Obama 08

    August 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown

    Howling at the moon are we?

    August 7, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. KC

    First McCain talking about a "surge" for the economy now Boehner urging his "troops" god..... they are getting ready to invade America!

    August 7, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Annette, Washington, DC

    This is a joke...repubs.

    August 7, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. What if?

    Dear Republicans in Congress,

    This letter is to inform you that we are not falling for this all of a sudden urgent sincere care that is being portraying at this late date in the election. When you were in control of Congress there were many times we the 98% that struggle financially now, struggled financially then. Now that the Democrats are in control, we are to believe you care so much about us now.

    It not going to work this time GOP, we no longer agree to be fools. We know how the game is played, thanks to you all, we were taught well.

    Continue your and I quote "pushing the failed Johnny-one-note policies of the past".

    Just think if you all would have did this while in control of Congress, the economy might have be in better shape.

    Obama 08

    August 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    Glad to see the republicans are finally doing something – anything – won't accomplish anything, but at least they get up, get dressed, and show up. Guess they'll want another 10 to 20 thousand increase in pay.

    This is CRAP!!!

    August 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. McLAME

    What a Boehner.

    August 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. mello doug New Mexico

    If I could actually believe that any Republican cared about my welfare more than that of the big oil companies and the rich, I might pay attention to what they had to say and care. However, after the last few years it is very clear what the Republican agenda is. I am considerably worse off now than I was 8 years ago.....

    August 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Scott L

    Dems have owned house and senate for 2 years....gas has skyrocketed...glad in this most tumultuous year of oil prices that the republicans are doing something about it!!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Ralph V. AZ

    Why didn't these fools protest 4 months ago!!

    These guys are so out of touch that they havn't notices that the price of oil has gone down recently!

    They're just trying to fool the public as if they cared about the people.


    August 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Patrick

    What if?

    98% of us aren't struggling right now. Sorry to bust your bubble but we're not even technically in a recession. A recession is two straight quarters of negative growth. Facts are a funny thing. However, we do need an energy policy. I don't care what party gets it done this is what we need. More drilling, environmental protection, nuclear power, wind power, solar power, bio fuels if it can be done in a way that won't raise food prises, no more subsidies for the ethanol industry, tax credits for hybrids, and US automakers to start making electric,hybrid, and more fuel efficient cars and SUVS today.

    Now what about what I said isn't reasonable. You may hate Republicans and think they could have done more when they had the power (which I agree with) but at least they're trying to do something now.

    August 7, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |



    August 7, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. Terry From GA

    Where have the republicans been for the last 7.5 years and why did they run up the federal deficit to an estimated 500 billion dollars?

    August 7, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Joe Kiloz

    R I G H T O N ! force the majority party into debate and action.

    August 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. jeanette

    They'll do anything to get attention/ votes this election.

    August 7, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Ben

    At least the House Republicans have the balls to stand up and say "Hey, there's an issue here, and we shouldn't really break until we make some headway." Whether the Republican proposal will change anything is doubtful, but the least the Democrats could do is show up and vote it down. What the Democrats are hoping for is to push any meaningful debate over the issue until past the elections in November, when it will emerge that the Democrats have absolutely no good ideas on how to alleviate the energy crisis in the short term (arguably the Republicans don't either, but at least their plan could reap benefits within five years rather than the decades the Democrats' will take).

    August 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Carl from MI

    We're not falling for your fake ruse, Repuglicans!!

    Everybody already knows that offshore drilling isn't a factor in solving the energy crisis and isnt' even a viable option! Republicans are SO PROUD of their IGNORANCE, they're mistaking it for intelligence. What a farce!!

    What a bunch a whiney, cry-babies!! Good thing they got Newt to join him... I bet he's been missing out on being a whiney, cry-baby ever since he got booted from the Speaker's job.

    The only reason why Dubya isn't on vacation right now too is that he has to make a cameo in China for the Olympics... every other year he's taken the ENTIRE month of August off on vacation, which I'm sure he'll do once he returns from the Olympics. Bet on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. California Gold

    Our tax dollars hard at work.

    August 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. annie

    Can pelosi be impeached?

    August 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Carl from MI

    There's also a two-to-one margin of people that want our troops out of Iraq IMMEDIATELY... good thing they're acting on the will of the people on that subject too!!

    I guess Repuglicans just can't focus on two issues at the same time... kind of like a chewing-gum-and-walking-at-the-same-time sort of thing!! They are SO proud of their ignorance...

    August 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. curly

    Republicans are the only ones who care about the needs of the American people.

    Obama and Hillary and Pelosi and Reid and all the other Democrats in Washington are losers!

    August 7, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    man, that picture looks like Night Of The Living Dead.

    August 7, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. THE KID

    Dear Republicans
    don't go away mad , just go away. I am the Kid and I approve of this message. Peace out

    August 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Carolyn

    This is too much! Just too much.

    August 7, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Geri

    Obama is going on vacation just like the rest of the democrats....whoops, I'm a democrat and staying home, can't afford the gas.

    August 7, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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