Monday, August 4, 2008

Energy Fight: Gingrey Ignores Pelosi Call for Vacation

Last Friday, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic leadership voted to silence the minority — representing nearly 50% of the American people — and adjourn the House of Representatives for a five week recess. Despite this unconscionable act, U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and over two dozen of his Republican colleagues held session on the House Floor today, calling on Speaker Pelosi to immediately reconvene the chamber to give all 435 Members a chance to vote on energy legislation to address out-of-control gas prices.

“The American people are hurting from the high price of gasoline and now is not the time for Congress to spend the next five weeks on vacation,” said Rep. Gingrey. “My colleagues and I all had to rearrange our schedules in order to be in Washington today, which is where the entire Congress belongs until the American people get the relief at the pump that they so desperately need. It is my hope that Speaker Pelosi will discontinue her book promotion tour and immediately call all Members back to Washington to address our nation’s energy crisis.”

Hundreds of Americans from throughout the country had the rare opportunity to join Rep. Gingrey and the other Members on the House Floor, demonstrating first-hand why the U.S. House of Representatives is called the “People’s House.”

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