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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  1. sarah

    maybe pelosi and reid and the rest of the dems will be fired for refusing to do their jobs and attend to the peoples business.

    August 4, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. LCpl stuck in Pelosi-land

    ... yet democrat antics blocking a vote on any judicial nominations is anything other than 'politics as usual'?

    I'm not that swayed by the move, but anything that alienates Pelosi is cool in my book.

    August 4, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    While the Deomcrates are blocking a vote on offshore drilling and taking a vacation from their duties, Americans continue to suffer at the gas pump.

    I have never been able to understand why anyone votes for leadership like that presented by the Demoratic party.

    McCain and a Republican majority in 08!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. M.S. Indiana

    Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The reason nothing is going to happen, it is election year... and Democrats have already offered the republicans a deal, but all they can talk about is lets destroy our beaches and wildlife in anwr, instead of drilling where the oil companies have permission...
    And they have done work together, to kill a few Bush veto's and improve the life of the American's

    August 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Texann

    Do they realize how dumb they look doing this?

    August 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Jim

    The previous posts go to show why this country is in so much trouble.

    August 4, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. citizen

    While I agree with some of the posters that the past 8 years of presidential leadership has been suboptimal, to say the least...

    The notion that "Big Oil" is some monster, representing a force of evil against the common man is quite misplaced. An overwhelming percentage of the world's oil supply is owned and controlled by state-run oil companies. Do you honestly think that EOX or CVX control the price of oil/gas, and are somehow to blame for $120 oil or $4 gas? What most Americans fail to realize is that publicly held oil companies are on our side, when compared to state-run foreign oil. Targetting EOX or CVX is merely politically popular right now...but you can't "punish" Citgo with a "wind-fall tax" (whatever that is...why not tax Apple at a windfall rate for profitting from iphones? *sarcasm*).

    Just my 2 cents.

    August 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. jimmy velman

    Obama and Pelosi (DEMS congress) have left us Americans down in their opposition to Oil and Gas exploration and Drilling Immediately
    as McCain has proposed which also included more Nuclear power plants, wind and solar power and Clean Coal technology.
    All the Polls show Americans are in favor or McCain's plan.
    Obama and Pelosi who are blocking legislation for the proposals.
    If not now, When are we ever going to drill and build and build.
    And although our Refineries are not running at full capacity, we also need to build more refineries. Our technology in the Oil and gas exploration and drilling and refining has immensely improved.
    The most common oil contamination and spills now occur in the TRANSPORTING of Oil and GAS.

    August 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. emo152

    They could not act in Congress over the past 71/2 years because the Presidential ban was in place and the prices did not demand it. We did not demand it. You now have a full majority of America wanting to open more lands and offshore sites to exploration.

    To Judge Huck ... corporations cannot donate to campaigns. Private citizens can. Did you know that "Big Oil" employees have donated over $350,000 to Obama? Maybe both candidates are in "Big Oils" pockets eh?

    Approving more domestic exploration will not put a drop of oil into the market for a couple of years but ... it will have an affect on the market immediately. Any progress to more supply will drive the price down if the demand is static.

    August 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Greg Pottstown PA

    I love it !!!!!!!!!!! The dems go on vacation and just let the gas situation on the table untill they return and its the republican's fault. Are you for real?

    August 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Not a Media sheep

    Yes how easily the sheep for get that the Dems stopped everyone form drilling anywhere or even added any new refineries to the US -> for the last 25 years! - Remember the Envio wacko's ??? No?

    Anyone wonder how we got to 70% of imported oil?? guess how we get to 80-90% - Drill? or not Drill?

    Look it up sheep!

    Notice: American people know where to lay the blame –>DEM'S

    Also Microsoft makes oil profits love like fly spit!

    Obama = RobbingHood

    August 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Don

    MIT’s Daniel Nocera has some startling developments for storing sunlight. Big oils days are numbered.

    August 4, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Henry n New York

    4 years ago there was a republican control congress and white house; can they tell me why it took them 4 years to get to the point of wanting to do something for the people?

    August 4, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Ben - Portland, Or

    If they were really concerned and committed, they'd do it all 5 weeks. They're the ones who are to blame for the skyrocketing oil prices and the lack of alternate energy options and the poor economy. They just have an excuse to try to pin it on the democrats.

    Off shore drilling is a joke. Why don't we go drill on the Moon?

    August 4, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. dave in ga

    It is very plain to see that the Democrats DO NOT know how to accept the responsibility of running this country! Everyone of them want to blame Bush and the Republican party for everything negative that happens in this country, when THEY have been in control of the Congress!! Remeber this, What goes around, comes around!!
    Why don't you childish finger-pointing babies, move your socialistic
    Democratic partisan politics to another country. Try Zimbabwe, I am sure Mugabe will be proud to have you on his team, to hurt all of the citizens.
    This recess is another prime example of the idotic, self-serving ways of the Democrats. If you want to help the ones that put you in office, then don't accept any salary, as anything over a dollar paid to you is toooo much!!! Dems make me puke! I believe that you will be surprised after Nov. elections come, But then again, it will be something thAT YOU CAN CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION ON AND WASTE MILLIONS MORE IN MONEY THAT COULD BE USED FOR HELPING THE U.S. IMPOVERISHED. Our country is not the laughing stock of the world, The Democratic Party is!

    August 4, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. cm grigg

    As these fools sit and grandstand..The price of oil drops...By the end of the Bush Admin the price of gas will drop to between 2.75- 3.25. Even then the most ignorant group of Americans to ever be given the keys to the country will hopefully see the dupe, I'm looking at you babyboomers.. Oilmen in the top spots (Pres., vice Pres. Sec Of State, and most cabinet positions) Trumped up war to increase speculation. America you just got ripped of for the biggest profits in the history of the world. Now tell me,was there ever any gas stations in your neighborhood that couldn't get gas? Did anyone die in N Dakota because there was no fuel to give them? Did these companies lower the price as a show of their civic responsibility? Save the economics lesson for someone else. Common sense keeps me from losing my mind like the world I see. This is so obvious.

    August 4, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Over and Out

    They should protest an illegal war if they want to protest something worthwhile. But alas, Rupukelicans are not capable of dealing with 'legal' vs 'illegal' matters. Morals preclude them from being able to discern the difference.

    August 4, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. David, Ventura, calif

    No we don't need to drill more oil wells – I don't care if you're A republican or a demorcrat – drilling is not the answer – just get it through your head – in the same time we could produce and develope more renewable and clean energy then we would need with no increase in oil demand – but the poor oil industry might have to change their ways – poor, poor oil industry

    August 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Greg

    Good! Maybe it will help to set those Democrats on the right track. It would be nice to know Obama's vote on this issue before he is installed as our great leader.

    If it's not plain as day which party is closer to the needs of the people, you are blind! The Democrats somehow think they deserve a 5 week vactation? How? Just try telling your boss you're going to be gone for 5 weeks and that big project that you've been working on will just have to wait. If you were a Democrat, at least you'd know what handouts are available. I guess that's one advantage of being a Democrat.

    That the Democrats left such an important issue on the table and went on there merry way and they're the "change" this country "needs"? Are you kidding me?? Wake up people!! Social programs are NOT the resposibility of the government. We are NOT a Socialist country. Please vote so that we remain a free country. Vote McCain! If you hate this country enough to vote for Obama, please leave. There are plenty of other Socialist countries that will glady take you.

    August 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. John

    How progressive. Can you say, "job security?"

    August 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. RealityKing

    The American people are suffering while our 110th do nothing Congress.., is on recess.

    August 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Bill MA.

    Go home republicans. Get honest, and tell your family, and friends just how corrupt you have been with bush as leader of your dog, and pony show. Turn off the lights when you leave.

    August 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Chuck

    Let's see, oilmen Bush and Cheney with Republicans in Congress did everything they could to increase oil industry profits, and now they pretend to care how high gas prices impact the public.

    It's business as usual for Republicans. Help business to fleece the public and loot the U.S. Treasury, then use deceit to conceal it.

    August 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Andrea Fernandes

    cow-towing? Is this a new spelling of the word" kow-towing >"

    August 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Republican No MORE!!!

    Happy B-Day BO!!!
    Next one will be at the White House!


    This quote says it best:

    "On the one hand we have Obama offering a $1000 citizen energy rebate, a windfall profits tax on rich oil companies, 5 million green jobs and independence from Middle East oil dependency in 10 years, and looking out for our injured troops. On the other hand, we have McCain offering tire gauges, peeks at Britney and Paris, and a cameo by John's old buddy, Moses and the repubs holding fighting hard for their oil buddies. This is going to be a very difficult decision"

    OBAMA 08'

    August 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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