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. It Be Me

    you can bet McCain wont be there.....

    August 4, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. jason

    gop real fraud

    August 4, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Joe

    Drilling for oil is like investing in video tape players.
    It's yesterdays technology.
    We need to move into the future with renewable energy like wind and solar.
    It's time to say no tothe Big Oil controlled GOP!!!

    August 4, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. smokesignals

    Too little, too late.
    With all the fal-de-ra this week concerning energy policies, it occurs to me that nothing, absolutely nothing was accomplished during the last 4 years of this Republican administration, even in the face of growing concerns for our nation's oil dependence and global warming.
    Unfortunately, neither of the candidates now have my total 100% support on their individual energy plans.
    Unsafe nuclear energy will never be the answer.
    Drilling on our coastlines will be a horrible mistake.
    Drilling in our national treasured lands will be worse.
    When will our government understand that we need to be making a conscious and fast move to solar and wind? Along with responsible zero population growth?

    August 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Paris

    If we open up the petroleum reserves now what do we do incase of a war in the Persian Golf?

    What do we do incase of a greater national emergency?
    Democrats that call for petroleum reserves to be opened up and used are crazy.

    August 4, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Peter

    My God! Why do Republicans always do that? They litterally act like children stomping their feet and pouting to show the public that they are right. I'm SO tired of this. The worse part is, the public eats it up and thinks the Dems. aren't cooperating.

    Can some news station show this for what it truly is? Don't let politicians (All of them) distort things, throw scraps to you (CNN) and grovel at their plate. Get a back bone! Too many opinion anchors. Lets shine a mirror here!

    August 4, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Jesus Warrior

    Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reed should listen to flip flopper Barrack Obama as of the time I am writing this. Call the president and get back to Washington and back to work on a solution to energy crunch, do not look at a short term band-aid but a real solution.Let the residents of the coastal states vote whether their states should allow drilling off their coastal waters.

    August 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. wake up

    @ A Nightingal Sings in Berkley Square to/....
    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?
    thank you!!!!!!!
    Gammi M...there is a difference between an indevidual donating and a company ... much like the difference between less theen 10 ex-lobbyist on your campaign and 59 lobbyist runnging it. but you do have an intelligent argument. thanks

    McCain was against Off Shore Drilling, once he flipped he got MILLIONS from Big Oil? you do the math

    August 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. wake up

    p.s. if the repubs were this dedicated to the troops may be we would have not lost 4,100 of our men and women

    August 4, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Joe

    I read this here but it needs repeated:

    GOP = Grand OIL Party

    Go home congressman Exxon has enough of our money!

    August 4, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    How many years before this past one were the republicans in the majority??? I think it was quite a few and during all that time they did diddlysquat. And if you think this is all about the hard-working American people you are sadly mistaken. McLiar has already taken a buddle from the big oil companies to help get him elected. That way they can get another big tax break.

    I wish some of you people would get a clue and realize that off-shore drilling is NOT going to do anything for you. The oil companies already have off-shore sites where they are NOT drilling now. And guess what the oil needs to go to a refinery before it gets to you and they are supposedly running at full-steam. DUH!!! Stop listening to Hannity & CO. and do some research of your own.

    August 4, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Cindy

    Grandstanding in darkness? How dramatic, how ineffective. And you guys accuse Obama of being all fluff? Maybe for a $25 donation, McCain can give you guys a flashlight...

    August 4, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Ron Nebraska

    The Republicans did nothing about any of these dire problems for 6 years with a partisan president who would not veto anything brought to him by his lackeys, and now it's the democrats fault???? Wake up people, don't be taken in by cheap stunts!

    August 4, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Otto

    I must ask again, though I doubt I'll get an answer:

    If drilling domestically is so important for our oil supply and lower our gas costs:

    1) Why are the oil companies not drilling on the over 86 million acres that they ALREADY have drilling leases for (they know there's oil there, and wells have been capped).

    2) Why do the US oil companies export over 80% of the domestically-produced oil overseas? I mean...if they're American companies, why wouldn't they keep the oil in the good ol' US of A?

    Anyone? Anyone? Why do they need to drill offshore when they aren't using the lands they already have leases for? Anyone?

    August 4, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. PG

    What are the Republicans doing at night? Humm, I wonder....

    August 4, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Robert from Washington

    If this isn't poliltical posturing at its most transparent and transcendently ridiculous, I can't imagine what is. My God, it's positively cartoonish. And yet here they are, people on this board still goose stepping to the Republican silliness. Wow. I'll say it backwards — wow.

    August 4, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    August 4, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Val from MA

    Good for them. Job well done fellows!

    August 4, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. C from Texas

    This falls in line with what the Dems want. They want everything to be bad for the people so they can put their guy in the White House. This is going to back fire in their faces. Do you really think a Rep. member will vote for a Dem bill after this?

    Vote the Dem out and put the Rep back in, we were better off 2 years ago before the Dem took over.


    August 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. luggar

    We hope the Rep keep it up. There are a lot of us out here listening ! A vote is the way to get started. If you are not part of the answer, than you are part of the problem !!! This congress has drug it`s feet for far too long, simply out of spite. for Pres. Bush. It looks like they`re going to have to deal with Pres. McCain as the polls are showing there are a LOT of US listening !!

    August 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Had they expended that kind of energy, dedication and concern when congress was in session, something might have actually gotten accomplished!

    August 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Ron Nebraska

    Matt August 4th, 2008 4:26 pm ET

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


    August 4, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Donna Canadian

    And even though you have your DO NOTHING congress with an approval rating of 9% you will all some how aquire amnesia in Nov and Vote in a DO NOTHING DEM in the white house too. Or should I say Black house as Ludacris calls it.

    August 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Jay

    Hand guns
    Public financing
    Death penalty
    Troops withdraw
    Off shore drilling
    Tapping emergency oil reserves
    One Jerusalum
    Clean coal

    To equate Mccain's change in positions to Obama's speedy and wild flip flopping march is an insult. Obama's king alright.......the king of the latest opinion polls. Obama woudn't recognize the concepts of principle and conviction even if it stares him in the face.

    August 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. An educated electorate??????????

    Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah. August 4th, 2008 5:08 pm ET
    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.
    Thanks for the logic only a contortionist could really appreciate. But you're right, we are not out to try to make our country and the world a little better, we're really just out to get you and take all your freedoms away, you paranoid buffoon.

    August 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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