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House Republicans revolt!

All last week, I've been calling around my various contacts, asking them what's been going on in the world. I hate being in the dark, so to speak, and hate to think that I'm missing a huge news story. Well, I missed something all right. I only missed the best thing to happen to the House of Representatives since the Democrats took over! House Republicans revolted on Friday to protest when the Democrats adjourning for a five-week vacation without doing anything about the energy crisis. Pioneer Pelosi responded by having the lights, mics, and CSPAN cameras turned off. But Republicans wouldn't be deterred.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.

Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m., and they are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.

At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward.

But C-SPAN, which has no control over the cameras in the chamber, has stopped broadcasting the House floor, meaning no one was witnessing this except the assembled Republicans, their aides, and one Democrat, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has now left.

Only about a half-dozen Republicans were on the floor when this began, but the crowd has grown to about 20, according to Patrick O'Connor.

"This is the people's House," said Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.). "This is not Pelosi's politiburo."

Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speaker's Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.

"You're not covering this, are you?" complained one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans "morons" for staying on the floor.

Update: The Capitol Police are now trying to kick reporters out of the press gallery above the floor, meaning we can't watch the Republicans anymore. But Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is now in the gallery talking to reporters, so the cops have held off for a minute. Clearly, Democrats don't want Republicans getting any press for this episode. GOP leaders are trying to find other Republicans to rotate in for Blunt so reporters aren't kicked out.

Update 2: This message was sent out by Blunt's office:

"Although this Democrat majority just adjourned for the Democrat 5-week vacation, House Republicans are continuing to fight on the House floor. Although the lights, mics and C-SPAN cameras have been turned off, House Republicans are on the floor speaking to the taxpayers in the gallery who, not surprisingly, agree with Republican energy proposals.

"All Republicans who are in town are encouraged to come to the House floor."

Update 3: Democrats just turned out the lights again. Republicans cheered.

And they're back at it again today:
House Republicans will be back on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives again Monday to continue the unprecedented protest that began last Friday, when dozens of Republicans joined hundreds of American citizens on the House floor to protest Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) decision to send Congress home for the rest of the summer without a vote on legislation to lower gas prices and move America toward energy independence.
In an urgent memo sent to GOP Members and staff Saturday ("A Call to Action on American Energy"), Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) hailed Friday's action, which was led by Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Tom Price (R-GA), and others, and encouraged House Republicans to return to the Capitol beginning Monday morning to help keep the historic effort going.
"It's not a request we make lightly. But the American people are suffering," Boehner and Blunt said in the memo. "The consequences of continued congressional inaction on gas prices are unacceptable. We've called on the Speaker to call Congress back into an emergency session this month and schedule a vote on the American Energy Act. We must continue to make a stand until the Speaker complies."

There are apparently 30 Republicans currently there... and oh, what a surprise, no Democrats. Pioneer Pelosi is too busy with her book tour to do her duty as Speaker of the House.

Message to Democrats: you should be in there with the Republicans. In the real world, we don't get five week taxpayer-funded vacations. And when there is an honest-to-God crisis going on, and the government you control is the only thing standing between Americans and relief, you should be working every day to fix it. Your energy plan does not work, because you have no energy plan!

Rep. Devin Nunes from California gives us a brilliant representation of the Democrats energy plan:

This is a brilliant move for Republicans. Finally, some leadership from the GOP! Now that's change I can believe in. This is exactly what they should be doing every day for the next five weeks, or until Democrats get off their lazy asses and get back to work. They shouldn't be afraid to pound Democrats on their refusal to act, and they should be videotaping all of it. As Michelle suggests,

House GOP members should also be spreading the word to their local newspapers and local talk show hosts in their congressional districts to assail Nancy's gag order and hammer the "Drill now" theme home.

And where's the RNC? How about sending someone in a chicken costume to trail Nancy Pelosi during her hiatus? As the House Republicans asked repeatedly on Friday: What's she so afraid of?

On 8/1, the House GOP brought it on.

Keep it going, turn it up, and make sure the American public sees you at work on proactive energy proposals to bring down the Pelosi Premium during the Democrats' vacation.

This is the best thing that the Republicans could ever have done. If they keep this up, we might not see the massacre at the polls that we've all been dreading in November.

Get it, Republicans? Do your jobs, stick to your principles, and be unafraid to take on Democrats, and Americans will love you. It's not that difficult.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin


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During July, <a href="http:... (Below threshold)
"Your energy plan doe... (Below threshold)

"Your energy plan does not work, because you have no energy plan!"

SSSSHHHHHH! Nancy really DOES have an ultra-double-top secret, absolutely reliable, completely innovative way to get us off our dependence on foriegn oil.

It's called "Crashing the Economy by Boosting the Price to $8 a Gallon."

Goods and services skyrocket due to transportation costs. The economy tanks - lots of people will have to give up their second cars... or give up cars altogether, and move into city centers to be close to their jobs... if they still have them. If not, they'll be on the dole and I'm SURE Nancy will push hard for extended benefits for unemployed people - and pay for them by raising taxes on the 'rich'... which will eventually mean anyone with a job making more than minimum wage.

Fewer cars and trucks on the road means less oil imported. She'll chalk it up as a wonderful success, and retire... leaving someone ELSE to fix what she broke.

All the latest on the GOP r... (Below threshold)

All the latest on the GOP revolt can be found by following the Twitter feed of #dontgo. http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23dontgo

I promise you will see tons of great updates to keep you up to date on the goings on.

Does anyone know know exact... (Below threshold)

Does anyone know know exactly how many weeks this dim Congress has had off since they started screwing up the economy, err, took over in Jan of 2007?

giani - remember when they ... (Below threshold)

giani - remember when they came in they promised to work 5 day workweeks (not like those layabout Republicans) along with having plans to double gas prices, uh, I mean, REDUCE gas prices during the '06 campaign?

In 2007 they took more than 11 weeks of vacation (11 through December, and I assume they took more for the holidays). They were in session 5 days only 7 times through Dec. '07.

So when they came back in '08 they didn't even pretend they were going to work 5 days weeks, instead the proposed calendar showed only THREE 5 day weeks. Seems too many Dems were complaining about spending so much time in Washington, even after they failed to live up to their '07 schedule.

Every one who just took tim... (Below threshold)

Every one who just took time to read this story, please take a few more minutes and send your Rep a emailt telling to GET BACK TO WORK.
Or send an email of support if you are one of the lucky few who have a Real Statesman as a Congressman.

I'm running a story on Wizb... (Below threshold)

I'm running a story on Wizbang Blue today where Senator Larry "Wide Stance" Craig(R-ID) is seeking to loosen the embargo against Fidel Castro's Cuba now that a huge amount of oil and natural gas has been discovered there and Canada, China and Russia are rushing in with agreements with the hardline Communist state to drill for this oil.

Any thoughts here by anyone on dealing with the Castro brothers in order to acquire huge amounts of easy to acquire oil only a few miles from the American coastline? This Cuban oil could be brought to the U.S. within months, while the process to drill for oil off the American coasts involves up to a 10 year process of permits, exploration, drilling and refining.

How many times do you have ... (Below threshold)

How many times do you have to be told that:
1. Oil companies have 10s of thousands of acres they could have been drilling on for many years and not one well has gone up.
2. Authorizing the states to lease offshore drilling rights, which is what the vote is about, won't increase supply for years.
3. Oil prices did not take a slight fall because of George Bush.

I wonder. If this passes and the results that everyone expects, except oil industry execs and the people who listen to them, which is nothing. Who will you blame high gas prices on then? The only "proof" you have that prices will drop is that the psychological impact of future supply will make speculator sell cheap.What???

And by the way, the best thing the Republics could have ever done would have been to serve the interest of the American people over their party.

WC:How many times... (Below threshold)

How many times do you have to be told that:

I dunno. How many times do you normally have to repeat a lie until it's accepted as truth ?

Paul #7,Interestin... (Below threshold)

Paul #7,

Interesting that you want to deal with the Castro brothers for that Oil, rather than to allow drilling IN THE SAME OIL FIELD on the US side of the border.

The process to drill for oil off the American coasts involves up to a 10 year process of permits, regulatory delays, and lawsuits by the so-called environmentalists. The permitting and regulatory procedures COULD be streamlined so it doesn't take forever and a day. And tort reform would help with the nuisance suits continuously brought by your friends to delay every energy project. Once the lefties are out of the way, drilling and extraction of the oil could proceed quickly.

WC. I respectfully submit ... (Below threshold)

WC. I respectfully submit that you have no clue what you are talking about. However, since there are some people that have a slight clue what's going on that might listen to you, I'll respond for their sake.

1. Oil is selling for $120/bbl. If there were oil where they had leases, don't you think they'd be drilling there for it? When they got those leases oil was, what, $50/bbl? Isn't it worth it to them, even at $110 or even $100/bbl? It's not like they just leased land with guaranteed oil. That's what they'd be doing if they let companies drill offshore or in ANWR. Democrats have no problem with oil companies drilling - as long as they don't drill where our own government has said there are massive supplies of recoverable oil.

2. How many times do you have to be told that if Bill had signed the bill allowing drilling in ANWR 10 years ago we'd have that oil now. Should we stop researching cancer treatments because the cure won't be found for years? There is NO substitute in our world for oil at this time. Even if a massive, amazing breakthrough in alternative fuels occurs TOMORROW that technology won't be serving the world in the 4-6 years it will take to start seeing oil from these new leases. In 2015 we will see that oil. In 2015 we will not be driving solar powered cars or powering our world with wind. Should we stop researching alternative fuels because we won't see the benefits for years?

3. You're correct, they didn't take a slight fall...they dropped a significant amount after Bush lifted the executive ban on drilling. Oil proceeded to drop by about $20 per bbl. There was no other oil news at the time to account for the drop. A few days later reports came in that demand was down for gas...that led to a mere $8/bbl drop and that was largely erased a short time later when demand went back up, unexpectedly. The continued push for drilling by the GOP has kept that $20 drop in place.

As for your last comment, increased domestic supplies (vs supplies from our great friends in Iran and Venezuela) are favored by a large majority of Americans. It is also favored by a lot of Democrats. Which is why the Republicans are serving the American people and the Democrat leaders are serving...who? Who is it that wants to keep oil expensive? Fat cat oilmen like Bush and Cheney and Halliburton and all the other boogeymen of the right? They want to drill more so they can sell more so they can make more money, even at a reduced per bbl rate (making up for lower unit costs with volume). So who are the Dem's serving? You know the answer.

My mistake it is 68 billion... (Below threshold)

My mistake it is 68 billion acres that the oil company have to drill it that they are not. You think the oil company will lease my back yard. There may not be any oil but, apparently you think an industry that makes as much money as it does is willing to throw away money on land with no oil.

News on the same day or a few days later as Bush--

"Crude Oil Prices Drop As Oil Inventories Unexpectedly Build Last Week" July 15

"Crude prices fell steeply for a second day after the government said that U.S. crude and gasoline supplies jump unexpectedly last week." July 16

I guess supply and demand have nothing to do with it.

I know the lie you keep telling yourself is comforting.

I am not against the government doing something about oil supply and gas prices. This measure you all keep touting as the magic bullet is just a part and there is no, vote on this today or the world will end reality. This measure can be part of a larger bill meant to address many energy issues. Why has this become a flash point? In my opinion it is because the oil industry has poured alot of money into making it one. So that the restrictions will all be lifted by the time a Democrat becomes President. Follow the money.

This whole thing is laughab... (Below threshold)

This whole thing is laughable and pathetic. I guess nothing can get Replicans fired up like taking care of the oil companies. Let's just let them drill wherever the hell they want. How about on the millions of acres of land they already have leases for but aren't drilling. Apparently a Republican congress and a Replican president didn't feel like it was too much of an issue from 2000-2006. I guess once you get to be the ever widening minority, you are reduced to childish publicity stunts. Keep it Replicans, America is laughing.

They lease land where there... (Below threshold)

They lease land where there might be oil. If it turns out there's no oil there, then building a giant drilling rig is sort of a waste of their windfall profits.

The key to your next statement is the "same day or a few days later" statement. I noted in my obliteration of your naive comment that there was a build a few days later that led to an additional $8 drop. Reading is fundamental. Remember those ads?

No one is saying it is a magical bullet, that is why the Republican argument is 'all of the above' - drill here now to ensure we have adequate, secured supplies WHILE we research alternatives and WHILE we conserve. Democrats want us to simply suffer while we search for an alternative that may or may not ever materialize. Which is the more mature, sensible solution that benefits Americans?

You think this has become a 'flash point' because of BIG OIL spending? Get outta the cave, it happened because gas went from $2.20 to $4.20. This measure IS simply part of the bill Republicans (and many Democrats) want to vote on. Try reading some news instead of liberal blogs for your information.

And Ryan becomes that guy t... (Below threshold)

And Ryan becomes that guy that walks in 10 minutes after a discussion and says "hey, why don't they just do this!" after everyone else discussed it 10 minutes ago. Way to go, champ.

And nothing will 'take care of oil companies' like bringing DOWN the price of oil, right champ?

I can't understand the rest of your garbled mouthings to respond to them.

World Citizen -Are... (Below threshold)

World Citizen -

Areas are leased by the oil companies because they MIGHT have oil under them, based on preliminary geological reports. AFTER they're leased, they get to do further testing. If the testing doesn't show promise, they let the leases expire - as they will eventually. If the testing does show promise, they'll drill a few wells, and if the wells hit something produceable they'll drill more.

If not - they chalk it up to experience and let the geologists tell them where to drill next.

So why aren't they drilling on all the land they've leased now? Probably because they've decided it isn't worth drilling on - because there's not enough oil underneath it to make it cost-effective.

They've got a much better grasp of what formations trap and hold oil than you do - and just because something's leased doesn't mean there's enough oil or gas under it to recover the costs of drilling.

JLawson,Could you ... (Below threshold)


Could you please show me the reading you have done that explains how passing this bill, right now, will drop prices. Other than some psudoscience-psychological impact on speculation.

Oh, and like you some "news" sources I don't give much weight to Fox, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC. All those MSM new outlets are in it for the money. I would also like you to cite maybe an economist not connected to the oil industry. Also, politicians are not reliable news sources.

WorldCitizen -You ... (Below threshold)

WorldCitizen -

You discount so easily what's already happened. Government reports are always based on a certain set of assumptions - that the conditions used as the starting premise are set and unchangeable, that events not considered in the reports won't affect the end result... and in a lot of cases it's a roll of the dice whether they'll be right or not - 6 to 5, you pick the odds.

"Yeah, ethanol! From corn! For fuel! Great idea! Nothing bad can possibly happen!" -- and did the government predict that CORN prices would skyrocket? Gee, not in the proposals... so it didn't, it COULDN'T happen!

And I find it amusing you get on me about the bill - I was talking about OIL LEASES, and why land leased by an oil company will or won't get drilled on.

Let's look at it another way. You're familiar with a chance remark by Johnny Carson that caused a toilet paper shortage?

That shouldn't have happened - right? An offhand joke causing a run on a particular product? Yet it did - google it up.

Now - think about Pelosi's strident refusal to even consider the possibility of drilling... and you don't think there's even a SLIGHT possibility that had an effect on the market? Or Bush's announcing he was lifting the ban would cause the price to drop as surely as Pelosi caused the price to rise?

Government reports do not create reality.

Kenny, actually I'm shocked... (Below threshold)

Kenny, actually I'm shocked by the Cuban oil discovery story myself and really don't like dealing with the Castro brothers myself. So far, it's all Republicans such as Senator Larry Craig who are writing legislation to deal billions of dollars of business with the Castro brothers.

But it's an important oil exploration story, nonetheless. The Cuban oil is real easy to acquire, however Cuba has no money to get it themselves so they are working out partnerships on 59 oil exploration block locations that Canada, China and Russia are quickly going after. China already has one fully operation oil drilling rig up and running already, producing oil for their country. Compared to some bananas, sugar cane or a few 1950's Packards, this big oil find in Cuba is huge for their economy which has been very sick since Castro came into power in 1959 and plunged the country into decades of poverty.

I'm just glad to see somebo... (Below threshold)

I'm just glad to see somebody getting their money's worth out of their Representatives in Congress. Good for oil companies.

Maybe we should invade Cuba... (Below threshold)

Maybe we should invade Cuba for the Oil? It has worked out quite well in Iraq. The commute to Cuba is much shorter for our military, and we are already used to cuban refugees.

I'd like to see a map that outlines the millions of acres of continental United States the oil companies have leased and aren't drilling. Can anybody point me the right direction?

I've seen in the news the last few weeks, I believe MSNBC, a story about the new and succesful drilling going on in the Dakota's and the prosperity it is bringing to the locals. I also have on good authority, that quite a few wells in Texas are being reopened because they are profitable at 100 dollars a barrel.

The only good reason I can see for not beginning drilling is to save our oil now for when the Middle East runs out.

B.O. says by inflating our ... (Below threshold)
Mike in Oregon:

B.O. says by inflating our tires and getting more tuneups (even though cars rarely require tuneups anymore) we'll save millions of barrels of oil per day, more than what we can produce with additional drilling. He's The One, so why are we even talking about drilling? And today he said we should draw down on the strategic petroleum reserve because people are hurting -- forget what he said just last month when prices were actually higher and he announced his opposition to drawing down the SPR because the SPR is for a certifiable emergency. I wonder if anyone will notice this guy has bricks for brains.

I'd like to see a map th... (Below threshold)

I'd like to see a map that outlines the millions of acres of continental United States the oil companies have leased and aren't drilling. Can anybody point me the right direction?


Brian -Note the se... (Below threshold)

Brian -

Note the second category - "Leased land that has not produced".

Care to explain why Willie Sutton robbed banks?

Care to explain why the oil companies would spend millions extra to drill for oil in a remote, frozen tundra, with additional millions in infrastructure needed just to get TO the sites AND get the oil back?

If they're in the business of making money, you'd think there'd be easier ways!

As for the Cuban oil, just ... (Below threshold)

As for the Cuban oil, just where would it be drilled? Possibly off-shore drill rigs? And what is off shore of Cuba? Could it be Florida? The same Florida where we won't allow drilling for fear of dirty beaches? So then what IS the point of not allowing drilling off the coast of Florida?

What are you asking me for?... (Below threshold)

What are you asking me for? I just responded to the request for the map.

Ah, my apologies then. </p... (Below threshold)

Ah, my apologies then.

B.O. says by inflating o... (Below threshold)

B.O. says by inflating our tires and getting more tuneups (even though cars rarely require tuneups anymore) we'll save millions of barrels of oil per day, more than what we can produce with additional drilling.

Mike, would you like a napkin to wipe the pie off your face with?

Obama is right!

According to time magazine by inflating tires properly we would save more gas oil then new offshore drilling would produce!

The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke

And the best part is we do not have to wait 10 years and it would reduce CO2 emmisions!

According to time magazi... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

According to time magazine

And that's where you lost me, right there.

Dave: B.O.'s numbers assume... (Below threshold)
Mike in Oregon:

Dave: B.O.'s numbers assume everyone is currently running on underinflated tires, doesn't keep their maintenance up to date, and he uses government figures for OCS production that are based on $60 oil while ignoring potential production from other American sources such as ANWR and oil shale. Didn't see any response to his flip on SPR. He does indeed have bricks for brains.






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