June 27th, 2009
08:58 AM ET
9 years ago

Climate bill's hot talk

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite the House Democrats narrowly winning approval Friday night of a bill aimed at controlling global warming, they faced the reality that there are some things that they just can't control: Republican Leader John Boehner.

Democrats spent much of the week tweaking the climate change and energy bill in order to secure the support of wavering colleagues, with the alterations being placed in a 301-page amendment which was added to a nearly 1,200 page bill. Such legislative horsetrading is commonplace, but what upset the Republicans was that the amendment wasn't released until 3:09 am Friday morning.

Acting in protest, Boehner took to the House floor and began talking. And talking. And talking.

"This is the biggest job-killing bill that has ever been on the floor of the House of Representatives. Right here. This bill," Boehner, R-Ohio, thundered.

He then pulled out the 301-page amendment and began reading.

"I didn't get past the first page, where on line 5, 'strike 1992 and insert 1988' and on line 13, 'strike 1992 and insert 1988,'" he drolly read. "What is the impact of this day change?"

In all, Boehner spoke for one hour.

"Then we get to page 9... as we go through this, page 41... page 87, the development of a global framework for the regulation of greenhouse gas emmissions..."

The leaders of the House are customarily granted unlimited speaking time, but when the Republican leader's speech went far beyond the two-and-a-half minutes officially granted, Democrats objected.

"Is this an attempt to try to get some people to leave on a close vote?" asked Rep Henry Waxman,D-California, the bill's lead sponsor.

In a sign of impartial ruling by the Speaker pro tempore, Rep Ellen Tauscher, D-California, Boehner was allowed to continue speaking.

"The American people have a right to know what's in this bill. They have a right to know what we're voting on," Boehner roared, which was followed by thunderous applause by his Republican colleagues.

And without missing a beat, he continued, "Let me get to the bottom of page 155."

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Mick

    Great grandstanding Johnny. Congratulations on accomplishing your usual nothing, Loser.

    Only one hour? What a wimp. Anyone with real conviction would have read the entire Bill. Huckleberry Hound Boehner just wanted to throw a temper tantrum since he didn't get his way.

    June 26, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    So...the Jesus bill passed??? LOL!!! 🙂

    You know what's hilarious?? I don't know if you remember but you recall when I talked about Conan?? You know, when his new show came out for the first time, the NHL had the Finals and Conan's show knocked them out?? I literally began talking, talking and talking, and yep, even said to the boys, "Conan is costing jobs b--!" LOL!!! I did!!! Tell the boys, they were just laughing!

    But Boehner didn't say b-– like I did...but I bet he does behind talks, LOL!!! 🙂

    June 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. I Am The Great And Powerful Rush Of Oz

    44 Democrats voted No and Eight Republicans voted yes.
    Many of the Democrats thought the bill did not go far enough, including Dennis Kucinich.

    A very courageous 8 republicans, who now are going to get dumped on by the angry white men of troglodyte talk radio.

    June 26, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Rama

    What else can one expect from the party of "NO" except gabfest!

    June 26, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Jon in CA

    1500 pages.

    Largest Tax Increase in American History.

    Democrats RAM through the legislation without giving anyone time to read and digest the bill.

    YEP – Change you can believe in!!

    June 26, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Thomasr

    We as a nation cannot continue down this pass. Republicans care about the now, democrats care about the now and future. Republicans and conservative democrats are so corrupted by big money they have forgotten why they are there in the first place. I have never seen one thing republicans have done for the common man, never.

    June 26, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. ray ray

    Good thing Michael Jackson died.... otherwise the media might have to actually COVER this political travesty.

    June 26, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. Bob

    I don't mind bills going through but these bills that no one has read is shameful and both parties are to blame. I feel like the American public is getting royally screwed by our politicians.

    June 26, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Southern Gentleman

    I thought they were voting on cap and trade. If anything a new industry will rise up that is in charge of trades and sales to pollute. How are jobs going to be lost Bonner?? Explain it bud.

    June 26, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Tony in Maine

    Whadda maroon

    June 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown

    John Boner is nothing but an obstructionist windbag! Vote the bum out!

    June 26, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. dustin

    How much enery is wasted to keep boehner that shade of orange?

    June 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Denna

    "This is the biggest job-killing bill that has ever been on the floor of the House of Representatives. Right here. This bill," Boehner, R-Ohio, thundered."
    No Boehner, the Republican regime that we just got rid of was the biggest job killer that has ever been on the floor of the House of Representatives. So the filibuster is the GNoP's only option now? Here's one – trying cooperating.

    June 26, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Gary

    Typical grandstanding by the GOP. They would not support any bill that was proposed by Democrats. What a bunch of crybaby losers. If they supported the administration once in a while they might have some credibility.

    June 26, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. RSB

    At least he didn't throw this one on the floor. What a drama queen! I'm particularly glad to see this bill pass since my state passed legislation allowing a coal burning power plant to be built. How 1980's! At least now they'll have to pay to put all that crap in the air.

    June 26, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Independent

    Soooooooooooo, Boehner what is your plan?????? HUH?????

    I bet if it was covered with Gold you would still say NOOOOO!!!!

    June 26, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Peoples Voice

    Hey Johnny Boy. Take a speed reading class. Remember all the bills you Repugs shoved down the Demo's throats when you were in power?

    How's it taste loser?

    June 26, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. phoenix86

    The House of Representatives just voted to create between 1 to 2 million jobs per year for other countries, as the US economy becomes even less competitive.

    Let's remember them in 2010 and vote out all who voted in favor of this enormous tax increase.

    Idiots and fools on the Hill and in the White House.

    June 26, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Alex

    The fact that Obama and party leaders had to practically pull teeth to get this bill passed sickens me. The EU has been proactively pushing clean energy policies even more progressive than this for over a decade through the Lisbon Agenda and look what it's done for clean industries in Denmark, Spain, Germany etc. Passing a bill like this will reduce emissions, create jobs and industries, lower our dependence on oil, and make the world a cleaner place- it's common sense!

    June 26, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. Only 21% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    Ho hum, a neo-con complaining.

    Guess boehner cannot get past the first page because there were no pictures for him to follow.

    June 26, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. martha marlowe

    Today the house approved a controversial bill on climate change which could have a major impact on our economy and future. Where was CNN? Every time I turned on the TV, CNN was continually covering the death of Michael Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. David

    The Dems are so disappointing. So many promises, so many broken, in only seven months. A big failure. No doubt you loose control next election.

    June 26, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. tess

    it won't be long before the dems have to own everything they are doing now to send our country into a deeper recession, socialism, and totally government-run everything! i can hardly wait until 2010 when the people who voted for change decide that they really do want another one and o'bama isn't what they wanted or thought they were voting for – hurry up 2010 – you can't get here soon enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. Rob

    ANother vote on a bill full of dodo stuffed into it in the middle of the night. We need new representation in Washington. There should be days of study after alteratiions and drafts are completed.

    Dem/Rep it doesn't matter vote them all out !!!

    June 26, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Rob

    ABC, NBC, CBS – Shame on you all. Every American should have been forced to listen and understand when this man read from pages in the bill. 1984 is getting closer every day.

    June 26, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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