Live from the Hill-- GOP Revolt

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Aug 04, 2008 10:17 AM
Hey, everyone. I'm here on Capitol Hill, just off the House floor watching the GOP's second day of revolt against Speaker Pelosi for adjourning to August recess without a up or down vote on energy.

About 20 House Republicans held a short press conference at 10am bashing Pelosi for taking off for 5 weeks of vacation without doing anything on energy. "This is the beginning of a sustained effort" to bring Congress back for a vote said Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.).

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R.-Tenn.) said it was critical Congress do something now, especially because school would be starting soon and school districts were having trouble because "making school buses and those budgets fit is difficult" with the rising price of energy.

Much to the chagrin of Capitol Hill press, the conference ended with no question and answer session. "Tell the Speaker to bring Congress back and we can answer questions," said one of the members.

The GOP is taking to the House floor now, sans microphones and cameras since Pelosi shut it off, to talk directly with Capitol Hill visitors about energy.

I can tell you, this is going to be a full-week assault. A GOP aide showed me a week-long schedule of GOP floor speaking dates on energy while the rest of Congress is on their 5-week taxpayer paid vacation. I'll try to share that schedule with you later. If your congressman isn't on it, you should give their office call!


I'll keep you updated...