August 4th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 years ago

House GOP leaders vow to hold protest session all week


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Republicans plan to hold protest sessions to pressure Nancy Pelosi to hold votes on offshore drilling."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A group of House Republicans stayed in session and continued energy speeches Monday despite the summer adjournment in hopes of pressuring Democrats for a vote on oil drilling.

The speeches, a mix of democratic defiance and political showmanship, were part of a plan to pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to hold votes on offshore drilling, nuclear power and other GOP energy proposals.

Republicans refused to leave the House floor on Friday and began five hours of speeches protesting against Democratic energy policies immediately after the House of Representatives adjourned for its annual five-week break.

Listen: House GOP ask for the 'opportunity to vote'

The speeches picked up again Monday morning, and Republicans have pledged to keep up the effort.

"We'll continue at least this week," said Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia. "Then we'll see what we know."

Price said 24 congressmen returned to the Capitol for Monday's session.

Listen: Price pushes for an offshore drilling vote

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, said that 40 Republican members are committed to rotate in shifts throughout the week. Asked how long they'll be there, he said, "We'll be here as long as we can."

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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Stephanie, CA

    Good, because it will probably be their last protest. They should be kicked out with the idiot in the White House. Today wouldn't be soon enough.

    August 4, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Abby

    You did nothing for the last 8 years!!! They must think that the American people are stupid.

    August 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    so what's the news here? GOP has been in the dark for years..... what a pack of morons

    August 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Chris from NY

    They are holding a protest all week when they had the opportunity to do so in the last 71/2 years and didn't. What are they really trying to do or say that we don't already know.? This for them is politics as usual. They want to score points with the American people. I hope people don't actually fall for this.

    August 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I wonder if any of the blowhards actually pounded their chests. I they would have better luck bringing it to a vote if they could get their masters (i.e. big oil) to start drilling on the 68 millions acres of oil fields the oil companies already have the leases for. Why aren't they drilling now?

    August 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Pelosi adjourns and tells them to enjoy their vacation because they EARNED it. HAHAHAHA, their approval rating makes Bush look like Reagan. I think it is a good idea to force them back to work and put this thing to a vote. Where is all the dignity and bi-partisianship she promised when she took over? It is typical dem tactic to silence opposing voices. Come back to work, typical gov't employees.

    August 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. judge huck

    Majority wannabees` why they didn't do that before when they controlled both houses...

    To bad for them, dems are not giving Bush his "legacy" for BIG OIL.

    'wonder how much Exxon is coughing up for their campaigns... LOSERS!

    August 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Lesley

    I wonder if they would be doing this if it weren't an election year . I think NOT. They had tons of time over the last 8 years to get the energy sector of our economy running smoothly, whether it was offshore drilling or whatever, and they failed to do that. But how many people will fall for this political stunt is hard to tell. What a ploy. Maybe we should hold elections every year. That seems to be the only time Congress gets anything done.

    August 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. I've had it

    Great, a waste of taxpayer dollars for them to travel back to Washington and sit in the dark. Could have helped to reduce Oil demand by not traveling??? Probably would have more of a direct effect on the price of gasoline than drilling on the coast of the US...

    August 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. rhoward

    If this bunch of clowns had spent this much energy when Congress was in session to get something done, they wouldn't need to be grand standing now. Who do they think they're fooling? They had 6-1/2 years to do something about energy independence but all they did was rubberstamp President Bush's agenda. And if I recall correctly, energy independence was not on it.

    Quit making fools of yourselves and GO HOME!

    August 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Rocky

    Some of these liberals seam a little confused. The Democrats took control of Congress TWO YEARS ago don't you remember the first 100 day pledge. On top of the list for there goals was to reduce the price of gas. THAT WAS ABOUT $2.00 A GALLON AGO.

    August 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Lesley

    And they are only talking here about debating solutions dealing with oil. Nothing there about solar, wind, natural gas, or other alternatives. Big oil prevails.

    August 4, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Jim

    Obama pays attention to this, even though he is against it he doesn't want gridlock and would rather things get accomplished than this sort of thing. That is what a president should be like! Someone willing to compromise to help the people, stop the gridlock!

    August 4, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Andre from NJ

    Well at least someone is saying something in Congress. After the past 2 years of nothingness out of Capital Hill, the last thing they deserve is a 5 week vacation.

    Drop the politics, make some compromises, and solve a problem.

    August 4, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. A Nightingal Sings in Berkeley Park

    They are trying to get something accomplished that Pelosi refused to let them have a vote on on the first place. I think it is a very good protest and shines a light on the inability for her to lead the House. She should resign, her numbers are much less than the President. She and her dem controlled House are a TOTAL failure. And for you people asking where the rebublicans were the last 7 1/2 years, me too!!! But, now that gas is MUCH more of an issue in the last years, at least they are trying to come up woth a solution. Something besides tire inflation.....

    August 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. ACFX

    The democartic leadership supressed a vote that could lead to price relief at the pump. Unbelievable!
    They put the Sirerra club ahead of the hurting common Americans.
    Is this the civil, bipartisan behavior you outlined, Mrs. Pelosi?

    August 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Jim

    But it is ironic these republican baffoons did nothing when they had house majority, funny how now they are crying and whining about this...where were they the last 8 years!?

    August 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. California ex-dem

    Thank you for trying to do something about this energy problem. I wish the democrats could get past the partisianship for once and actually compromise as they are always trying to force others to do. They stink!

    August 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    And what is this going to accomplish – absolutely nothing. Gee, why wait until everyone has planned vacations – why not do something while they were in session? This is not something that just came up – they all knew of the problem for months if not years.

    August 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Obama energy=tire inflation

    At least they are trying to relieve the pressure (no pun intended). These democrat elitists want you all to be in as much misery as possible for what?? A VOTE!!!!

    August 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Abby Dem

    To Abby: The american must be stupid, especially the sheeple following Obama. Can't wait for debates sans the teleprompter.

    August 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Frank

    Your 401K money is most likely invested in big oil. It is a business, not an enemy. Democrats are so far off on this subject they are looking like fools. Democrats want to siphon off our oil reserves, now that is a gimmick! We have a possible war with Iran looming people. We should get our ducks in line and get our own oil production! The Democrat philosophy is wrong!

    August 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Independent_me

    Don't be surprised if we find out, as time goes by, that the Republicans themselves engineered this oil crisis just to gain access to the off-shore reserves.
    Why aren't the oil companies drilling on the reserves that they already have leases to?

    Why aren't the oil companies investing in developing the Bakken oil reserves which – by government estimates – hold more oil than all of the Middle East???

    Why isn't CNN pounding the government on this already proven oil reserve source??? Come on, Lou Dobbs! Wake up! The GOP is LYING to us while pretending to be looking out for our best interest!

    Wake up America! Throw out the GOPS!!! Time for change!!!

    August 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Social engineer

    I hope I can get one of the new jobs in BO's utopia as a social engineer. Then I can tell people what to drive and what to think, wear, drink, eat, smoke, etc. By then the State run media will show Pelosi's numbers at least above 20% approval.

    August 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Ike (Atlanta, GA)

    The Republicans need to really get a clue about what is going on. They are trying to do anything to win this election.

    August 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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