Could Offshore Drilling Reduce the Deficit?
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants the Obama administration to provide Congress with data on the federal government’s offshore drilling revenue — information that would show just how much President Obama’s anti-drilling policies are impacting the budget. Based on recent projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to drop this year by 220,000 barrels per day. With oil | Read More »
How Republicans Spent Their Summer
House Republicans welcomed their Democrat colleagues back to work yesterday. Today they reiterated their calls for an “all-of-the-above” energy plan, the recurring theme of their their five-week protest on the House floor.
Conservatives Talk Energy Solutions While Liberals Play Dress Up
Republicans gathered on Capitol Hill today to cap their 25-day protest on the House floor over the high cost of energy and the refusal of Democrats to do anything about it. The press conference, held on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, was met with loud chants from a crowd of about 50 protesters. A few brave liberals sweltered in the 90 degree weather | Read More »
Democrats Return From Five-Week Vacation
Democrats return to Capitol Hill today, five weeks after leaving town. While they were gone, their GOP colleagues staged a revolt on the House floor. Republicans will officially welcome back the majority party at a 3 p.m. rally on the U.S. Capitol steps. Throughout the five-week congressional recess, Republicans ushered tourists and other visitors to the House floor to hear impassioned speeches about the high | Read More »
Protesters Push Pelosi Over the Edge
On the 18th day of the House GOP’s energy protest in the U.S. Capitol, Republicans chided Speaker Nancy Pelosi for refusing to allow a vote on their all-of-the-above energy plan. Meanwhile, 1,700 miles across the country in Denver, a crowd of angry protesters sent that message to Pelosi directly. During a press conference at the Democratic National Convention, Pelosi was repeatedly interrupted by protesters chanting | Read More »
Outraged by Congress’ Inaction on Gas Prices, Bill Colley Biked to Washington
Bill Colley left Bridgeville, Del., on Monday morning and headed West to Washington, D.C. — on his bicycle. Colley, a radio talk-show host for WGMD, had listened to so many callers on his show complaining about the high cost of gasoline that he decided to do something about. Riding his bike about 114 miles to Washington, D.C., the 46-year-old Colley arrived this morning in time | Read More »
Boehner: ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ on Drilling
Over the past two weeks, House Minority Leader John Boehner has traveled the country in support of Republican candidates, raising money and talking about the GOP’s uprising on the House floor. Boehner was back on Capitol Hill today to kick off day 14 of what’s been called the Don’t Go Movement. I had an opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one interview. Before we talked, | Read More »
Offshore Drilling Debate Isn’t Over
With the House Republican floor protest entering its 14th day and the offshore drilling moratorium set to expire in just over a month, some on the left seem resigned to the fact that Democrats have lost the debate over offshore drilling and more energy production. Others have resorted to irrational arguments that higher gas prices actually signal a policy victory by the left. Asked to | Read More »
Harry Reid’s Case of Selective Hearing
Listening to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talk about T. Boone Pickens, you’d think the two were in perfect harmony with a solution to America’s energy problem. There’s just one problem: Reid is listening to only what he wants to hear from the legendary Texas oilman. While there’s no question Pickens is talking about wind, solar and biofuels, he’s also made quite clear that he | Read More »
Norm Coleman Takes Pledge to Oppose Extension of Drilling Ban
UPDATE — Aug. 15, 9:51 p.m.: My apologies to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. There’s no reason for him to sign the letter because it is addressed to him and Majority Leader Harry Reid. His name has been crossed off the list. That leaves 10. Facing a competitive race back home, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) could have ducked the debate over the soon-to-expire offshore drilling | Read More »
What’s Wrong With These 52 Republicans?
UPDATE — Aug. 15, 3:19 p.m.: Reps. Doc Hastings (Wash.), Ray LaHood (Ill.), Frank Lucas (Okla.) and Thomas Petri (Wis.) signed the letter. Click here for an update to this post. A majority of House Republicans have made their way back to Washington to take part in the energy uprising in the U.S. Capitol during the August recess. Even more have signed a letter opposing | Read More »
Saxby Chambliss Feels the Pressure
UPDATE — Aug. 15, 3:26 p.m.: Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has signed the letter. Click here for an update to this post. UPDATE — Aug. 15, 9:51 p.m.: My apologies to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. There’s no reason for him to sign the letter because it is addressed to him and Majority Leader Harry Reid. His name has been crossed off the list. That | Read More »
‘Why Is Nancy Pelosi Taking Care of Personal Business Rather Than the People’s Business?’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight promoting her new book. Next week she’ll make stops in several California cities before swinging through Denver on her way to the Democratic National Convention (view complete schedule). Unfortunately for Pelosi, Americans aren’t buying it — the book has an Amazon sales rank of 1,567. As she talks about her legacy in posh book stores, millions | Read More »
Republican Revolt Resonating Back Home
Today marked the fifth day that Republicans took to the U.S. House floor to talk about their “all of the above” energy strategy. The “Don’t Go Movement,” as conservatives are calling it, shows no sign of slowing down. House GOP Whip Roy Blunt told me he returned to Washington today after constituents in Missouri encouraged him to head back to Capitol Hill to be part | Read More »
Boehner Rallies Republicans, Plans to Continue Protest for Two More Weeks
(Note: Follow developments from the House floor at twitter.com/RobertBluey.) The House GOP’s energy protest, which has captivated Capitol Hill since last Friday, won’t end anytime soon. Minority Leader John Boehner said in a memo to Republicans tonight that members should make plans to return to Washington over the next two weeks. The nationwide House GOP energy protest is making history, and we are writing to | Read More »
Are You Feeling Pain at the Pump?
Many of the constituents in Rep. Scott Garrett’s Northern New Jersey district commute to nearby New York City every day, so when the price of gas jumped to $4 per gallon, he heard about it. Calls from constitents were so overwhelming, in fact, that his office established an e-mail address (PainAtThePump@mail.house.gov) for people to share their comments. Garrett, who returned to Capitol Hill today, told | Read More »
The Best Civics Lesson in Washington
Americans of all political stripes have a rare opportunity to observe history firsthand as Republicans continue to speak on the House floor about U.S. energy policy. Regardless of where you stand politically or on the energy debate specifically, this is your opportunity to sit on the House floor and watch this debate unfold with your own eyes. The C-SPAN cameras may be turned off and | Read More »
Democrats’ Energy Ideas Date to 19th Century
Bless his heart, Rep. Jerry Nadler is trying to understand the woes of Americans facing the high cost of gasoline. Venturing outside the comfortable confines of his Manhattan and Brooklyn district, the liberal Democrat was spotted Monday in the Upstate New York city of Utica talking about transportation and energy policy. Nadler’s solution: “We should take a hard look at reviving the canals,” Nadler said. | Read More »
Will Democrats Shut Down Government Over Oil Drilling?
Fresh from a trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, House Minority Leader John Boehner promised to “use every option we have” to force votes on energy production, including a showdown over the Sept. 30 expiration of the off-shore drilling ban. Boehner came out swinging at Democrats this afternoon. “We will use every option we have to force votes in the House,” | Read More »