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)

    He's a republican so I automatically don't believe a word he says or have any faith he has any idea whats right or wrong or best for the people.

    This generic response is brought to you by the majority of Americans.

    June 26, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. mike

    When the republicans were the majority they didnt care what the democrats wanted. Ah what comes around goes around.

    June 26, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. normajean

    Pro or con, first or last, right or wrong.....we can always depend on John Boehner to come up with his two cents worth. His delivery is always so interesting too. Dead eyes, flat sour look never the tiniest bit of a smile,probably just as well 'cause I think his face would crack.We'll ignore the strange hair cut and the ever present sun tan{tanning bed,anyone?}.

    June 26, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. TCM

    the democrats are traitors to our American way in this country.

    June 26, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Robert

    Im glad John Boehner had the guts to speak up against this terrible bill which makes terrible economic sense and kills many jobs for the false hope of creating more in a different sector...Im sorry but the Senate needs to rejects this massive energy tax. And you know who will be hardest hit by this bill? The poor people, of couse, who have the lowest disposable income and millions of Americans trying to hold on to their jobs. If this bill passes, there will be a large increase in prices on all goods and increased offshoring of production to other countries with lower standards.

    June 26, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. ender

    Boner is from the same repblican party who's rushed through every bill these past 8 years without worrying about whether or not the American people read it or not isn't he?

    Now all of a sudden we need to slow down and make absolutly sure Americans get to read the bill before congress votes on it?

    Why are the rule alway different for the repiublicans?

    June 26, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Nancy - Houston

    The Party of NO does not want to change a thing; it might hurt their campaign contributor's feelings.

    June 26, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. Ed

    Any bets on who actually read the 301 page amendment? Perhaps another Citibank clause is in this one? Democrats have no reason to change their ways of tax and overspend. Their own supporters are too blind to think for themselves and will continue to let them spend us into oblivion.

    June 26, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. docboricua

    Republicans seriously need to come up with some new ideas. Always resorting to the same reasons given 20 years ago for why something won't work because it is a Democratic idea doesn't do the nation any good in actually resolving an issue. Boehner isn't doing anything but belly aching that the Republicans are in the minority. Such it up Boehner, eat some tuna and get that brain of your going. Not only for the sake of Republicans but as well for the nation.

    June 26, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. E.J. in Tacoma

    There has not been one thing Boehner has agreed on since Obama took office. Yet he does not have a single positive idea himself all he can do is get on his high horse and keep the Republicans in an uproar.

    June 26, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. xavier

    Talk. That's about all republicans can do. To bad what comes out of their mouth is nothing more than cow dung.

    June 26, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. martin in nj

    I must admit, filing a 301pg amendment to a bill at 4am when that bill is scheduled up for a vote later the same day is pretty low. I expect better from the new majority. This isn't the transparency I expected, it's more like translucency. The Speaker pro tempore did make the right decision, though, and Boehner was able get his usual theatrics in.

    I know it's foolish to hope but if both parties put as much energy into finding a compromise as they do in coming up with these playground antics, something might even improve.

    June 26, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. lovable liberal

    Only Democrats would permit a filibuster in the House. Rule Boehner out of order, tell him to sit down and shut up, and vote.

    June 27, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  14. Pat Dougherty

    These guys are all the same they trade votes with each other , pretend like they care, and ALL retire as millionaires! Lets get rid of the lobbyists install term limits and try and give our government back to the "people" Enough is enough!

    June 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. maripil

    The republican party or better known as the the "party of NO", is at it again-- to deny the american people the positive effects of global warming in trying to defeat the energy bill! Thank goodness the bill passed and all is well!!

    June 27, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. maripil

    Glad to see the democrats and few republicans coming together to pass the energy bill!! GO DEMOCRATS GO!!!

    June 27, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  17. Lets do nothing

    Lets just follow the GOP philosophy of NOT doing anything, its pretty obvious its real, heats worse every year....All I want to know is who took contributions from the energy companies. If they vote against fixing the environment and they took money from a single energy company, they should be thrown out of office.....period.

    June 27, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  18. Limbaugh is a liberal

    It was rainy and cold today even though it is supposed to be summer. Hence the 'theory' of seasons is wrong! There I just proved it!
    And I bet 90% of republicans would think that to be a valid argument because they don't know the difference between weather and climate, and they think Limbaugh is a scientific authority whose talking points they have to parrot unquestioningly.

    June 27, 2009 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  19. Peter E

    Well, I guess on the plus side finally a republican reads through a bill instead of just taking his cue from Newt Gingrich or Rush Limbaugh on how to vote.

    June 27, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. Kelley-Arkansas

    Hey Boehner, been to Argentina lately?

    June 27, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  21. Moe NY

    Republicans are for BIG BUSINESS and the rich, they could care less about our enviroment, unless it is making them or their cronies money. Kind of stupid on their part, as their children, relatives, etc. will be impacted in the long run, or perhaps they just do not care about future generations. Boehner needs to become an educated citizen of this planet, and accept science over neocon ignorance, that is my opinion anyway!

    June 27, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. girlymen love the GOP

    I guess he wanted to cry about all the bag money he would no longer get from the likes of ExxonMobil,etc.whom really hated this bill.

    June 27, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  23. Carl from MI

    Boehner doesn't get it because it doesn't contain any tax breaks for the wealthy, Big Oil or Big Pharm....

    June 27, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  24. Hopeful Optimist

    Boner is not favorably impressing anyone. He probably thinks he is, however. He's delusional. People like this sometimes reach levels of great influence in spite of themselves, simply because of a convergence of time, place and opportunity. Tom Delay comes to mind. But they usually flare out pretty quickly, thank goodness.

    Can't you just see it in the history books a century from now. Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Boner..........

    June 27, 2009 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. John

    Thanks Mr. Boehner. Thanks for fighting this thing. We need someone speaking for us. There is a reason they are trying to rush this thing. Wake up people.

    June 27, 2009 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
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