10.01.2008 0

Day 8: Boehners Call to Arms Needs Some Heat from Home

  • On: 10/21/2008 19:30:23
  • In: Energy Crisis, Global Warming Fraud, and the Environment
  • Yesterday, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued a memo, “The Energy Call to Arms Continues,” requesting all Republican members of the House of Representatives to return to the Capitol over the next two weeks. The plan is to reinforce the stalwart members who have refused to leave Washington over the Congressional recess and want an up-or-down vote on American energy independence.

    And to accomplish that, Mr. Boehner’s vacationing colleagues might need to feel a little heat from home.

    From the “Call to Arms”:

    “The nationwide House GOP energy protest is making history, and we are writing to announce that the Call to Arms will continue. And with your help, we will keep the pressure on the Speaker until she gives the American people the energy vote they want, need and deserve. Republicans will not rest until we have an honest, up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act.”

    The “American Energy Act,” an “all of the above,” comprehensive proposal to expand domestic energy production on all fronts—petroleum, gas, oil shale, nuclear, coal-to-liquid, and alternative energy—cannot be brought to the floor of the House without being released from committee.

    Currently, Republican leaders behind closed doors are discussing options to bring the bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote. However, that may or may not include the use of a discharge petition with so few days left in the legislative session. ALG News will keep you posted.

    This poses a considerable challenge for Mr. Boehner, but one that he appears ready to confront. He has challenged Democrat members who plan on campaigning in support of “drill, drill, drill” to put their money where their mouth is and to join with Republicans in support of the bill.

    Assuming he can rally all 199 Republican members, Mr. Boehner would need at least 19 vulnerable Democrats to stand side-by-side with and demand an up-or-down vote on the “American Energy Act.” Capitol Hill sources suggest starting with these: 

    Mitchell, Harry E., Arizona, 5th                             Giffords, Gabrielle, Arizona, 8th

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