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. ib

    They should have listened to Boehner but they didn't and they didn't listen to people who called in. This bill is a disaster for the working man. Vote the ones out in 2010 that voted for this bill. Take our country back to the people while we still have a country to take back.

    June 26, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. S M R

    I have 3 words to say: PARTY OF NO

    June 26, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    neener neener neener the republicans cant block any votes on the floor over climate control and oil as we know it will get put on a back burner from now on and we will move into the 21st century and make the world a better place .. so bonner should go back to getting a tan and shut up .. or be productive and join the (change administration )
    and move forward .. or not

    June 26, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Randall in Torrance - Desert Storm Veteran - Welcome to the end of the era of dumb ass Republicans and Stoopid Retards like Cheney and Bush in power

    Is this a picture of the wooden dummy "Howdy Doody" with a frown on his sad, sad wooden face? Of course the Republicans hate anything that ends their grip on oil and carbon emissions. They destroyed our standing with the international community. They destoyed the U.S. economy. And now they want to destroy the world by preventing regulation of green house gas emissions. How can people still want these clowns represnting them?? Wake up America. Go Democrats!

    June 26, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Zagor

    the gop is so stupid and hypocrite that the only thing they care about are guns, God and family values they constantly braged about.

    June 26, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. james

    call your senators tell them too vote no on this bill. this bill is bad for the economy raise the price of goods and ship manafactureing job overseas. i can't beleive how every news station is burying it . it seem they forgot howtoo stand up too make this country great ,but ratter kiss polical butt

    June 26, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Smart People

    Boner is a loser. Typical of republicans...object to anything that might help the planet.

    June 26, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Allen

    Another nail in the coffin of this country.Make that a box of nails.with a nailgun.When are people going to wake up to the crafty schemes to tax and regulate us to death under the guise of some so called good cause."proclaiming to be wise they became like fools'.No co 2 no plant life.What a no brainer.

    June 26, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    CNN: "In all, Boehner spoke for one hour."

    .... and as usual said nothing except "NO!"

    Then on the other hand, since the Pubs do not believe in science and therefore think "global warming" is a liberal conspiracy, they all decided to vote against the "energy plan" and go hiking on the Appalachian Trail with "Simulus Package" Sanford.

    June 26, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Jacob-WA

    This "cap-and-trade" is simply a carbon tax. We can't keep raising taxes on companies and expect them not to move overseas. Spain did this same thing; it cost on average 800k to create ONE job in the "cleaner emissions" department. Ironically enough with every job being created they lost 1.2 jobs and holds and unemployment rate of 14.5%. This is an absolute joke; if the US follows this path it is an absolute disaster. Wake up people.

    June 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    In all honesty, John Boehner is a prime example of why the GOP is where it's at today..... He constantly complains, finds fault in everything and comes up with solutions after hearing someone else's suggestions. Wasn't he in charge of the GOP for the 8 years that Bush and the Republicans ran the country that gave us this huge deficet (spelling?). Our current Pres., only has added what.....10 to 15 % of what was already in existance...... Give me a break Boehner!!!

    June 26, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. DRB

    This bill should have died and not been passes. It does not matter what the Congressmen and women want, it is what the people of America want, and NO NEW TAXES on our current means of staying warm and getting to work is what a majority want. Another nail in America's coffin is being driven in. Poverty is fast approaching! This is not a Dem./Rep. fight, it is just insanity. If the technology was developed to be implemented in a large scale role out that was affordable – great! I'm all for it, but this is ludicrous! We don't have that large of a scale roll out ready and in a cost effective way to get it done. This is just about forcing rules and regulations to TAX/Steal money from those who work. It is all about power.

    June 26, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. T Mckinley

    Here we go again...Republicans obstructing progress to protect the rights of multi-millionairs to keep making $$$ at our expense.

    June 26, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  14. SB in SA

    I think Boehner did an excellent job. How can any of our elected officials vote on bill which has not been thoroughly read and interpreted? Hold on to your wallets America!

    June 26, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. JonDie

    As the environment crumbles around us and threatens our economic well-being, here is the Republican response (at least it's succinct and to the point):

    Republican: "Nothing is wrong, so no, we don't need to do anything."

    (of course, this is probably the reason why Neanderthals went extinct, as Homo sapiens moved into Europe, Neanderthal leaders all gathered together...and decided to do nothing)

    June 26, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  16. The Center

    Waaa-Waaa-Waaa. So Boehner and his fat-cat donors dont like the new energy bill, probably cause this one wasnt written by the energy companies. What is that Republicans dont understand about the need to lead the new "green" technologies? Do they want us to fall behind China and India? Are they so short-sighted that they cant see that the world is changing? Or are their pockets so full of oil money that they dont want to?

    June 26, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. E.C.Coleman

    Most absurd Bill ever presented and non-sensical that adult, elected members of government have ever discussed.

    Is this what the president is all about?


    Does anyone in this country argue that the president has no experience or is not qualified?


    June 26, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. annie against biased news

    To the demon-crats that voted for this destruction of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – the blood of the taxpayers are on your hands. Since you corruptly chose to vote this bill for your own personal petty benefits you have in effect destroyed virtually every form of business in this country which in turn destroys the very lives of the American taxpayers who have been very stupid to pay your salaries all of these yrs. The taxpayers that you don't kill off with this bill will be finished off with your evil health care plan. REMEMBER our blood is on your hands!

    June 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. Legna

    God help us all. We will pay the price for ignorant House mistakes.. Get ready for the unemployment ride its going to be bad. Prepare to vote the idiots out n 2010..

    June 26, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Don

    The House's vote today was deeply irresponsible. All economists agree that Waxman-Markey will damage our economy. All in the name of man made global warming whose science is dubious at best.

    June 26, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. So??

    So what, who cares what orangeman had to say...the billl PASSED

    June 26, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. CNN = Moveon.org

    I don't want to hear any more Democrats complaining about being poor. Apparently, you don't mind it too much if you are willing to vote in people who continue to make policy to raise your taxes and take your money. Everyone, will pay for this as well as the previous trillions that Obama has already spent in the previous bills passed. Obama has definitely brought "change" to Washington D.C. He has spent more than all the previous Presidents combined during one of the worst economic times ever.

    June 26, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. Jack in Florida

    Boehner is an idiot, full of hot air. He like all of the Repubulicans just don't get the fact that the citizens of the United States voted for change in 2008. Time for the citizens of Ohio to vote him out of office and kick him to the curb.................

    June 26, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  24. lila

    Maybe Boehner can't read. It seems to be an issue with the red state republicans these days. The Climate Bill was a massive job creating bill. Clean energy jobs. Lots of them. This bill is a matter of foresight. The republicans live in the past and are dying off like dinosaurs. they want to take America with them. We can be very thankful the democrats have found a spine... at last. Thank you Congress!

    June 26, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  25. Brian, Austin TX.

    Are Republicans just naturally pricks? Is there a class they have to take to get their GOP membership?

    Here's the thing Boehner: no one's buying what you guys are selling anymore. Democrats are far from saints, but they didn't spend the past 8 years blowing their credibility (just the last 2). With Democrats, the chances of getting a right answer out of them is about 50/50; with Republicans, you know anything they stand for has ulterior motives. They're against the climate bill? Quick, pass it as soon as you can!

    June 26, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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