Friday, August 1, 2008

Starting to Stand Up

The House Republicans are starting to stand up. After Nancy Pelosi turned off the lights and sent her colleagues home for a month, Republicans stayed on the House floor and continued the debate over expanding use of domestic energy resources:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House and turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.

Minority Leader John 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 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.

This is a debate that Nancy Pelosi and Paul Hodes are not willing to have. Meanwhile in the Senate, Mitch McConnell tried to determine how gas prices would need to rise before Harry Reid would allow an open debate on offshore drilling:

The Republican Party is starting to find its voice, and offering a clear, conservative direction for this country. With 39 days until the Republican Primary in New Hampshire, and 95 days until the General Election, I hope it is not too late. I'll keep pushing to make that voice heard.

Hattip: Instapundit and the Corner.

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