August 4th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain: Congress should reconvene, vote on energy bill


"Drill here, drill now," McCain said Monday.

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain called Monday for immediate congressional action on the nation’s energy crisis, joining a call by his Republican colleagues for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call legislators back from their August recess for a special session.

The Arizona senator said he would return to vote on any proposal. McCain has missed Senate votes since April, including several involving major energy measures – one of which, a summer gas tax holiday, was a standard element of his spring stump speech.

Watch: McCain calls on Democratic leaders to call Congress back into session

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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. RLT in CU,IL

    I would be willing to vote for Sherry in Atlanta no matter what her party. Let's all join Divided We Fail and de-elect both houses and start over with term limits and no retirement.

    On the oil/gas issue: Why is it no more has been done to promote natural gas autos ? The US has enough natural gas reserves to fuel our vehicles for quite a long time while more efficient means are developed. Gee, could it be politicians of both major parties are in the back pocket of those wishing to keep gas prices where they are ?

    Leave the national reserves strictly alone for true emergencies like when Iran starts using their weapons to close the Persian Gulf.

    Much less partisan ME and more cooperative US.

    Divided We Fail has the right idea and you'll notice which end they use for the donkey.

    August 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. McCain = Oil Profits

    Big oil gives big to the RNC, but Big Oil expects big from Republican candidate. Follow McCain's money trail – leads directly to the doors of the oil companies that have robbed this country and have practically broken the economy. How many people do you know that US oil profits have hurt???????

    Vote against Big Oil in November – Vote Obama.

    August 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Travis

    He missed all of the energy votes, but Mcshame was able to attend the MLK Holiday Vote (To vote against it).

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. It Be Me

    Mike in NM.....


    ***We must elect McCain in 08 and get rid of Pelosie an Reid and restore Congress to a Republican majority.****

    good luck with that.......


    August 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. The Other Jon

    I'll say it too: McCain is a joke. This entire "offshore drilling" fiasco is a sham to try and get political support.

    I hope people see the transparency of McCain's campaign by November... not that it's "open an honest" but that there is NOTHING to the candidate but smoke and mirrors.

    August 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. worried citizen

    Mr. McCain,

    How come you never did anything while you were in Washington for 26 years but now, all of a sudden you try to bring "change" to Washington? What happened? Oh yeah, it's election time and you want to be president.........who would have figured?

    August 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. rice, bryan

    if they drill on the 80 million of offshore property that they already own, and open the plugged rigs that are out there first. right now bush is trying to secure some more oild deals before he gets out. bush must not be in the alternative fuel game or we would hear the baby republicans scream, and yell we need to invest in alternative fuels. the speaking engagements are going to be rare with bush, and forget about book deals, first he would have to be able to spell.

    August 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Sylvia

    On the Huffington Post, ever since McCain changed his stance ofnoff-shore drilling, the same day, big oil companies made contributions to his campaign. I'm not talking about small change. It is so disgusting.

    August 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    people, seriously, what more does this ludicrous presidential candidate have to do before you see him for the neoCON stooge that he is-–outsource your job, provide tax cuts to the richest of the rich, support a failed invasion of a country that had NOTHING to do with 9/11, live in FunWorld where offshore drilling is an option to bring down gas prices NOW and where EVERY DAY is a Gas Tax Holiday, forget the key players in the conflicts of the middle east, forget where iraq is, forget that czechoslavakia is no longer a country, hire a staff of morons who NEVER research anything (or are really on obama's team and doing their best to make mccain look like an ignorant fool)...

    i've still heard a lot of obama bashing, but no real SUBSTANCE on how you can support mcsame--typical neocon republicans, all noise and no substance or actual FACTS!!!

    August 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. An American

    John McCain hasn't voted in the Senate since April 8!!!

    And they should only vote on an energy bill if it is clean.

    No earmarks!

    John McCain a candidate who only says things to get elected.

    August 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    Looks like the White House just rejected the offer saying that it was a waste of time. I wonder what how the Republican clowns are going to spin this?

    August 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Obamalism

    I'm sorry, was there something 'worth' voting on since April?

    And for all you who can't take the time to read up on things, the GOP isn't asking for a vote to allow oil compainies to drill offshore, they're asking for the federal ban to be lifted so each state can decide if they want it. States rights, federalism... something we've gotten too far away from.

    August 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Vote Nader

    RealityKing August 4th, 2008 4:21 pm ET

    Someone cares about poor suffering Americans…, and it obviously ain't progressive democrats!!


    You're confusing liberal with progressive. Liberals think irrationally and over-react, progressives have clear minds and are forward thinking individuals. Thus, there are no progressive Democrats.

    For progression, you need Ralph Nader.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    August 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Over and Out

    Your Rupugs should have done something in the first 6 years that they controlled the houses. But instead they wait for an election year.

    Republican: The worse form of criminal this nation has ever known.

    August 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    You keep it going John.. Demand!!!

    August 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Veronica

    Yeah, and what about your president. Should he do anything? No, I guess not.

    Let's see GW's legacy:
    crimes against Americans
    close ties with the Saudis
    overlooking political dirty tactics (Karl Rove)
    the deaths of over 4,000 American soldiers

    And now John McCain wants to continue those policies.

    I think not.

    August 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. biffington, biff

    McPander Express....
    man... talk about GRANDSTANDING....

    SIX AND ONE HALF YEARS THE republiCONS had all branches of government.....

    'ALL BRANCHES' .....

    NOW... they want to "drill here... drill now"..... How about drilling on the millions of acres already holding... No????

    How about closing the Enron Loophole YOUR BUDDY engineered by ATTACHING IT TO THE PATRIOT ACT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

    pander pander pander pander pander.... THE rnc is running this guy's campaign...

    August 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Bayou Joe

    Totally agree. Congress needs to go back to work and earn their pay.
    Let's see Congress take on the real issues facing our country and then we will know where they stand on the record. These are the tough ones that the Democratic controlled congress does not want to take on: Energy, Immigration and China exports. You will not see these issues until after the election.
    Vote all of them out and start over again.

    August 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Didn't the Republicans block a vote on tapping the strategic reserve, which would lower the gas prices immediately? Then they want to vote on something that will lower prices by 2 cents several years from now?

    Can anyone see what's going on here? Big oil is working us.

    August 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Andy

    The majority of Americans want the oil companies to drill for more oil. If the Democrats are so concerned this is a hoax, then they should get their tails back to Washington ASAP and have an up or down vote. Fact is Pelosi is afraid that her caucus wil vote yes on drilling. Instead of doing what is right for America, they are hiding and thinking about their own agenda.

    And they will be voted back into office.

    August 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Veronica

    McCain is a rich old man who has no idea what the average American is going through. He not only needs to retire, he needs to relax.

    August 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Danel

    Oh.. now he is going to show up to vote while the senate are in recess. Where was he when it was not in recess? AWOL. I don't know about you but I call that BLUFF!!

    August 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. It Be Me

    I find it amazing that some Hillary supports think that all women would naturally support Hillary.......

    Surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No way in hell should Hillary be VEEP.

    August 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Andy

    To DJ, LA, LA, John Kerry missed an entire year of voting in 2004.

    I bet you voted for him anyway.

    August 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    McCain has missed 62% of the votes this year...too busy trying to be Prez to do his current VERY well paying job...and he chastizes OTHERS for a vacation?

    August 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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