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. Helene

    Let them eat cake !

    August 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. M.S. Indiana

    My Friend McCain, funny you republicans wanna work now, after what you people and Bush have done to this country.... Think it is a little late...

    August 4, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. HF in CA

    1) A 5-week Labor Day recess is a joke. If anyone SHOULDN'T get a day off, it's Congress. Why should I only get 1 day off?

    2) Congress has had the lowest approval ratings in the last 8 years ever since Democrats took over. It's because they don't get anything done...whether you agree with the GOP or not, they at least did something.

    3) Democrats will always call this a PR stunt and a hoax because they already planned their cruises, flights, and vacations and don't want to rebook. Talk about windfall profits!

    August 4, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Violet Cauthon

    Surely a group of Republican gasbags won't last long without an audience. Years ago i said Republicans must hate their grandchildren because they love trashing the environment and would not leave any "wild" places for the next two generations if at all possible. But, really, what they are about is the almighty dollar and begging for the government to rescue their donor friends when their donor friends screw up, i.e., Enron, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Merrill Lynch, etc., etc., ad nauseum.

    August 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. T Guy



    August 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. TJ Johnson

    It is the American people that our Congress is supposed to work for (and "score points" with). The republicans are standing up for the American public right now, and the democrats are not, no denying that.

    August 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Son of Strom

    More grandstanding. Do they really think we'll forget that they were in charge for 6 years when the economy went in the toilet, we started a war based on lies and energy prices more than doubled. The only thing they have to fall back on is 9/11, which happened on their watch because they didn't read the "Obama determined to strike in the US" memo.

    August 4, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Peter (CA)

    Political grandstanding.
    I'll give them points for bringing the issue up but would it not be best to have worked out some COMPROMISES in the past. Isn't that what you do in the spirit of bipartisanship?

    August 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. CB FOR OB

    You should have protested when Bush went to war.

    You should have protested when Bush spent out.

    August 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Upon Further Review

    Many of them know they only have Sept. and Oct. left to do their dirty deeds when they get back from their break,hahahahaha.

    August 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. RepublicanforObama

    How is this their fault? They are not protesting the outcome of a vote, the Republicans are upset that they are not even allowed the courtesy of a vote and open debate on their issues. If the Democrats want to shut them up, they should hold a vote and use their majority to defeat the measures, not use their power as the majority to silence the minority.

    August 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Matt


    At least somebody cares about the average American!

    Meanwhile, the democrats are out on vacation while America suffers.

    Gas was $2.21 when the democrats took over Congress, what have they done besides sit back and watch the price climb??

    August 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. norml

    now they want to work?they've had 8 years ,and have done nothing but destroy our great nation.shame on them!we'll get something done when repubs are out of office.

    August 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Typical of the GOP members of the House – all show, no substance.

    I am certain many of these Republicans are spending as much time in the Capitol as possible because after the November elections ... they won't work there any longer!

    August 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    I am so sick of tired of the repugs treating people like we have the brains of an ant. They consistently insult us with their lies, empty rhetoric and devious schemes and admittedly there are some idiots out there, the 54 million who voted gwb back in office, but most of the country has brains and a conscience too and hopefully you won't fool us any more. Here's a clue, watch gas prices start going down as the election draws nearer. they are evil people, hopefully the majority see through it.

    August 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Gang Of Parrots

    No original Ideas. They repeat what they are taught.

    August 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. karen-phoenix

    I'm a republican who is soooo ashamed of the republican party!!! What have they been doing the last 7 years? Big oil control!!! Dems will vote if there are programs to get us OFF oil!!! Wind, solar, etc. 50 year republican and I have seen the light!!! NO MORE REPUBLICANS in Washington!!!!! Go Obama! Out with old and in with the new!!!
    McCain has had 30 years experience–he didn't do a thing. We need new and fresh!!! Peace is patriotic.

    August 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Mike Dallas

    Seems as though not much has changed, still blathering empty rhetoric, since the Republicans were the ones that held up the energy bill before recess. They are the one's that should be there talking to an empty chamber contending the bill will go no further until they can add 28 amendments, instead of taking the Democrats offer to allow offshore drilling and fewer amendments. That is called compromise and until Republicans realize they are no long the majority party in Congress, let them stay there and stamp their childish feet..

    Of course, the compromise would have made the Grand Oil Party put the concerns of the American people first and above big business and when was the last time that happened?.

    August 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Ready for Change

    If the Dems know whats good for them, they will get their butts back to Washington and demand that this bill come to the floor for a vote. The only approval ratings worse than Bush's 30 is congress' 18. They can take a 5 week long vacation some other time, when they are caught up on their work and this country is not in a crisis on so many levels because of our constant "do nothing congress" no matter who is in power. Believe me, the thought of the Dems in power of the congress and white house, just makes me want to vote for McCain, so we don't have 4 more years of one party government.

    August 4, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Ken

    They are too afraid to go home and face the people.
    Please vote this good ole' boy network out of our government!

    August 4, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Scott, Wichita

    "Big Oil, with its billions of dollars in record profits, wants more taxpayer lands and Republicans are happy to oblige," the deputy communications director wrote in a statement.

    I thought they were talking about off-shore drilling?
    Does this mean that I, as a taxpayer, own this?

    Hey, Exxon!
    I'm willing to sell you this offshore property to drill on! Real cheap, only 200 grand for the whole chunk!

    I don't care about the gas prices, I just want us to stop importing oil!

    August 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. J

    WAAAAAA!!! WAAAAAA!!! We want to drill and make more money for those who pay us the most... WAAA!!! WAAAAA

    Oil drilling will not make a bit of difference in the foreseeable future. It would take at least 6 or 7 years to see anything from the wells that they want to drill so what is the problem???

    I am soo sick of all this grandstanding garbage, how about you people try and protect the Constitution and the American people instead of Bush and Co and the Corporations??

    August 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Kelly - WV

    all this yrs they were in control of the white house and senate ......they did nothing........actually made things worse

    August 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    If they were willing to vote on the "drill our way out of the problem" proposition without trying to attach it to any meaningful solution proposed by the Democrats then they would have their chance to vote on it. As it is, they're digging their own hole.

    August 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. lj from texas

    Well the other side isnt doing and hasent done much either in the last 8 years. I think they should ALL go and we should have a chabce to star over. Neither side listens to what the people are really saying. If people think it will be all better with the Dems in charge, they have another thing coming.

    August 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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