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House Republicans Demand Vote on Energy Before August Recess; Protest Democrat Adjournment

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Washington, August 1, 2008 | Anna Koch (202.225.3605) | comments
Today, House Democrats voted to adjourn for the five-week district work period without so much as an attempt to reduce energy prices for hard-working Americans. With the embarrassingly low approval ratings of Congress, there is hardly anyone to blame but the Democrat leadership, who refuses to listen to the pleas of Americans across the country to increase domestic drilling for relief at the pump.
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Today, House Democrats voted to adjourn for the five-week district work period without so much as an attempt to reduce energy prices for hard-working Americans. With the embarrassingly low approval ratings of Congress, there is hardly anyone to blame but the Democrat leadership, who refuses to listen to the pleas of Americans across the country to increase domestic drilling for relief at the pump.

Following an intemperate adjournment, House Republicans, along with hundreds of constituents from both political parties from across the U.S., have taken to the House Floor, chanting and cheering in a form of protest to call the House back to session for a vote to implement domestic drilling legislation. The Democrats have turned off all lights, cameras and microphones, but Republicans are being persistent in their efforts.

“We are where we are today because of our reliance on foreign crude oil and natural gas, and that dependence is not going away in the near-term,” said Conaway. “Therefore we must deal with our current situation and drill for more domestic production and lower prices. It is that simple. But instead, my Democrat colleagues have chosen to scatter into the five-week recess without any vote addressing our energy crisis, leaving Americans to deal with five more long weeks of higher-than-necessary prices at the pump.”

In addition, Congressman Conaway today sent an emergency letter to President Bush asking him to use the power vested in him by the Constitution to convene an immediate energy special session of Congress. Under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, the President has the power ‘on extraordinary occasions’ to convene the Congress.

Conaway went on to say, “There is no quick-fix to our ongoing energy crisis. “But one thing is certain – we must increase domestic drilling for crude oil and natural gas. The majority refuses to focus on the immediate problem at-hand, and instead is looking decades into the future for possible solutions and ignoring today’s high gas prices. By choosing not to drill and not to use American resources now, we are basically accepting $4 gas prices and giving our money to corrupt leaders like Hugo Chavez in exchange for foreign sources of energy. The U.S. has vast resources available both in Alaska and offshore that we could be utilizing in an environmentally-sensitive manner, if only the Democrat leadership would bring legislation authorizing such drilling to the House Floor.”

Click here to read a copy of the letter Congressman Conaway sent to President Bush.
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