August 4th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
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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. Larry

    What a Joke

    Like they really care about the American people

    What a Joke

    August 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Let's see the photos og the big gas guzzling behemoths thse repuke slobs drive to the Capitol building evry day. Now that would be an interesting story. All else is much ado about nothing since all the Repukes are going to lose their jobs in November. Who cares what they want. They're a bunch of idiots.

    August 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. JHal

    3 months before election and gas prices start to come down and Republicans start to talk like Democrats. How convenient .

    August 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Jim Hegedus

    It amazes me how unthinking the McCain supporters are. In particular the military families. John McCain has done all he can to make sure it costs no more to support the vets, no matter what their needs. It is also interesting how some claim that you can only understand and really support the military if you were in the service, why do they think so highly of Regean? If McCain wins the military vets will get less and less and they will get what they deserve if they vote that way. More wars, less support , more breaks for the wealthy, and more lies (like the cancelled visit to the troops in Germany – find out the truth before you make comments.).

    I admire John McCains military record, but it in no way provides any qualifications to be president. He is not qualified.

    August 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. JoeMamma

    And the lemmings fall in line. This is a great distraction from the real culprit- speculative trading. How creative.

    August 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Mike - Texas

    19 Republicans and 0 democrats stayed behind to work on an energy policy after Pelosi and fellow democrats hurried through the adjournment procedings so that they could go on vacation.

    The democRATs obviously don't care that Americans are sufferring, but Republicans do !!

    Oh, and don't forget that 18 cent /gallon gasoline TAX that the democRATs want to ADD to our current problems.

    Drill here, Drill now. And create American jobs and security !!

    August 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. A Nightingal Sings in Berkley Square

    Did you know that the repugs in the House have used the filibuster more times in this session of Congress that any congress in history? The "do nothing congress" could get something done if we got rid of the repugs.
    And when you say "suffering", do you mean like "I can't afford to drive to my vacation spot" kind of suffering or the kind of suffering Bush inflicted on New Orleans after Katrina?

    August 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Allan

    Obama why you soooooooooooooo DUMB.?

    August 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Tammy - KCMO

    Please tell me the American public won't be stupid enough to fall for this republican stunt?

    You (republicans) had the past 8 years to do something and sat on your butts just raking in the dough, helping out your oil buddies and Haliburton. The Democrats are not to blame for your misuse of office.

    August 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Chester drawers

    Tom Price has vacation property in Sea Island Georgia, I suggest we start oil exploring there.

    August 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    Nothing like a bunch of old farts in suits protesting about rights! Maybe they should just throw themselves on the floor and kick and scream. I'm sure someone will come in eventually and change their depends!

    August 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Tony

    Whiny, bitter, angry republicans. What else is nwe?

    This isn't news. YAWN!!!!

    August 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Is America so stupid that they don't understand that off shore drilling will not lower the price of gas at all. Period!

    August 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Ken

    Neo-morons like Mike in MN and Greg Pottstown PA need to understand that the reason we vote for leadership like that in the Democratic Party is because of the dismal failure of the Republican Party. The last 7 years provide anybody that is sentient ample examples of the abject failure of single-party [R] rule. To blame the [D]s, who for only 1.5 years have had a slim majority in a Congress filibustered and vetoed by [R]s, for the woes brought on by 6 previous years of a failed [R] adminstration and Congress is a pathetic example of pre-adolescent shirking of responsibility. Someone needs to take Mike and his [R]ightwing buddies out to the woodshed for a little dose of reality.

    August 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Matt

    Meanwhile, the do nothing Congress with THE WORST APPROVAL RATING IN HISTORY is on vacation.

    America needs a Republican Majority in Congress!

    August 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. bill for barack

    I'm always glad to see theRepublicansin session in Washington.
    That means that they're not back home doing even more damage to their constituents.

    August 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Why don't they hold it all of the weeks.

    August 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. lj from texas

    It is so scary to me that most of the people here see this only as a Republican problem. People wake up, if we ALL dont start working together nothing will never get solved. I totally agree that the Reb's havent done much but when the Democrats are in charge nothing happens then either. Man you are all so one sided nothing is ever going to change you are all just me,me,me,me.

    August 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. peakarach,des moines,IA


    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    August 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. An American

    They failed!

    August 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    Too late, republicans. With the blasphemy spewed from the republican side of the presidential campaign, even if you give me free gas for a year at current prices I'll never vote republican again.

    Vote out all the incumbents this year. Get a new batch. If they are crooked, vote them out –

    We need to take the country back for the citizens, not the wealthy politicians !!!!

    August 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. ran

    All the republicans want is a drill bill because anything else would help us all not just BIG OIL. Please people (independents,PUMA'S, thoughtful republicans) do the right thing this time and vote only for a democrat

    August 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Gammi M

    For all the Bush Bashing, Believe anything a Democrat says pinheads out there, you need to remember the old adage about keeping your mouth shut and let people think you are dumb rather than open it and prove it.
    With a few minutes research you might find that :
    1) "Big Oil" is donating to the Obama campaign through their employees. Maybe he'll buy us all a tire gauge.
    2) If drilling for oil would begin tomorrow, the oil could be out of the ground, refined, & ready for your gas tank in less than one year.
    3) President Bush lifted the ban on off shore drilling on July 14, 2008.
    The price of fuel in my area has dropped from $4.06 to $3.71 since.
    4) # 3 proves that we don't actually have to drill for oil, just let the Middle East (now receiving 700 Billion dollars a year from America for oil) know that we intend to answer their supply & demand excuses with our ability to supply our own demand.
    5) The Dems only solution for immediate relief is to tax the top five oil companies in the amount of 18.5 billion dollars, to be paid to the government. The government already gets 18 % of eachdollar you pay for fuel now. Since they apparently have not handled that very well, do you really want to give them 18.5 billion more to squander?
    6) Finally, business management 101 should have taught you that not in the history of mankind has any supplier (company) of commodities paid government imposed taxes. The consumer always pays the cost to produce the commodity, package, deliver, and ah......, what else..... , oh yeah !.... pay the government imposed tax. Can you afford to pay 18 % plus the additional 18.5 billion Nancy Pelosi wants to impose? I know I can't.
    We all need to stop pointing fingers, because we are all guilty of allowing this situation to run off into the ditch. Nancy Pelosi wants to "save the planet and God's land". Land is only dirt & rocks. We are human beings with hearts and blood flowing through our veins. We have been able to restore damaged lands since the beginning of time into beautiful parks, lakes, and housing communities. We have to demand that Congress return from their vacation and address this fuel crisis now or thier 9 % approval rating may go to 0 %. And yes, we were warned 8 years ago by President Bush shortly after he took office, just before and right after the terrorists attacks. It was the Democratic Clinton administration that placed the ban on exploration & drilling for oil in 1998. So SHAME on ALL of us for allowing this to happen. Stop pointing fingers and extend hands to help. Our country is better than this !!!

    August 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah.

    I can't wait until someone builds me a car that runs on sunbeams, rainbows and unicorns!

    Until then, I'll have to stick with the most effective, most efficient and cheapest power source available... oil. As a matter of fact, I might just do a burn out and pop a wheelie, just to p!ss off the socialists.

    As bad as Congressional Republicans are, Congressional Dems are even worse, and I can't help but think that much of the economic woes of the past 18 months (gas has doubled in price in 18 months) aren't in direct response to their Dem-led policies and laws, or indirectly as businesses and investors simply saw the socialists marching in and decided it was time to stash their investments elsewhere.

    August 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    It's cool... just buy a tire gauge and all your problems are solved.

    All Hail the Dalai Bama

    August 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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