House GOP Stages Week-Long Sit-in on House Floor

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Wed Aug 6 20:23:29 MDT 2008


Don't just sit there. Get involved.


*House GOP Stages Week-Long Sit-in on House Floor*

*House GOP Refuses to Take Summer Vacation without a Vote on Energy, 
Stages Week-Long Sit-in on House Floor*

August 5, 2008

Last Friday, August 1st, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) adjourned the 
House of Representatives for the five-week August recess after refusing 
to allow Congress to vote on legislation to increase the supply of 
American-made energy and to address the high price of gas.

Just after the lights and the microphones were turned off in the House 
gallery and C-Span had stopped its live coverage, dozens of Republican 
Members, led by Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN), Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), 
and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), delivered a letter to Speaker 
Pelosi demanding that she call the House back into an emergency session 
this month to debate and vote on this issue. They then proceeded to 
loudly debate the energy issue in front of hundreds of U.S. citizens, 
who they freely welcomed into the House gallery to listen and 
participate. Some representatives even received standing ovations from 
the crowd after they concluded their off-the-cuff but passionate speeches.

Since no media or cameras are allowed in the House gallery because 
Congress is technically "out of session," GOP Members and staff have 
sent out "A Call to Action on American Energy" to encourage all 
interested American taxpayers who happen to be in the Washington, D.C. 
area, even if they are just visiting as tourists, to come to the House 
floor this week to lend their support by listening and by voicing their 
concerns in front of dozens of Congressmen.

Remember, democracy doesn't work unless you participate! If you want 
Congress to reconvene this month and to address the energy issue before 
the summer is over, the Congressmen pushing this debate are urging you 
to take action in any or all of the following ways:

    * Attend the open debate in the House gallery if you happen to be in
      the Washington, D.C. area.
    * Report on what you see after you attend, since the press is
      restricted from the event.
    * Blog, blast email alerts, call reporters, write op-eds in your
      local newspapers, etc. and let your family and friends know what
      is going on.
    * Flood Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office phone lines with calls, asking
      her to call Congress back to D.C. for an emergency session.

*Capitol Hill office phone: 202-225-0100*

*Capitol Hill Switchboard: 202-224-3121*

*Members who have stayed in town and participated in the protest thus 
far:* Reps. Bilbray, Bilirakis, Bishop (R-UT), Blunt, Boehner, Boozman, 
Brady, Broun, Brown (R-SC), Burgess, Campbell, Cantor, Moore-Capito, 
Carter, Cole, Conaway, Culberson, Dent, Fallin, Fortenberry, Foxx, 
Gohmert, Herger, Hoekstra, Hunter, King (R-IA), Lungren, Manzullo, 
McCarthy (R-CA), McCotter, Nunes, Pence, Pickering, Platts, Poe, Porter, 
Price, Putnam, Sali, Shadegg, Shimkus, Smith (R-NE), Turner, Walberg, 
Walden, and Westmoreland.


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