Bills brought to the floor under suspension of the rules require a two-thirds majority vote for passage.
Republicans have accused Democrats of employing the tactic to avoid a GOP-desired vote on increased domestic exploration and drilling. Democrats counter that they are holding suspension votes in response to veto threats from the White House. Bills that clear the House on the suspension calendar would have veto-proof majorities.
Amid the procedural fights, the House has been unable to move any legislation aimed at driving down the price of gas.
“For months, the Democratic leadership has defied the will of the American people and a bipartisan majority in the House by refusing to allow a vote on real energy reform,” Boehner wrote. “I’m tired of it. You’re tired of it. And the American people are tired of it.”
“If the Democratic majority refuses to allow a vote next week on the American Energy Act, a vote for the adjournment resolution will be a vote against the American people and a vote against American energy independence,” he continued. ”The House should not adjourn for the August District Work Period until a vote has taken place on the energy reforms the American people want.”
Democratic aides said Republicans are just scrambling for pre-recess cover.
“The GOP’s ’All of the Above’ plan apparently includes voting against the litany of bills Democrats have offered to increase supply, protect consumers and bring down gas prices,” said Drew Hammill, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “It comes as no surprise that the Republican leadership wants their Members here in Washington rather than at home explaining their records to their constituents.”
Sen. Patty Murray said in the Democrats’ weekly radio address:
“Bush-McCain Republicans haven’t come up with anything more than drill, drill, drill,” she said. “Even John McCain recently admitted that his offshore drilling proposal has mainly ‘psychological’ benefits. Our families don’t need to ‘feel better’ about spending four dollars and-a-half per gallon. American families need real action that gets real results.”
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a vote on legislation to rein in speculation in the energy markets, instead calling for energy votes that would expand domestic petroleum production and more nuclear power development.
Despite winning a clear 268-157 majority, the measure still lost. Democratic leaders had brought the proposal up for debate under rules requiring a two-thirds vote to pass. But passing the bill by just a majority would have meant allowing Republicans to force a vote on new offshore drilling leases.
“They’re hiding from a vote,” said GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio. “They’re scared to death to allow us to .. force their members to vote on drilling.”
This Oil Drilling scheme is just ONE distraction to the ultimate goal for the desperate Republican Party. Their last coup for the Bush Oil (at any cost) Administration, will be to pass this bill. What their plans are after this will be anyone’s guess.
Protecting the American people is the last thing on today’s Republican agenda. Part of the Republican desperation appears to be pushing the END TIMES scenario. With all the despicable corruption, scandal and lies representing the Bush Administration … the distraction of Armageddon (of Republican making) should result in an election of fear. Fear is the Republican TRUMP CARD. Christian Radicals are chomping at the bit to cleanse the earth of “Non-Believers”. They endorse all the methods condemned by their savior. They will quote their version of a bible to justify demented actions. All heathens must repent or die! Wow! That sounds so like extreme Jihadis, “Kill The Infidel”. Non-believers and wrong believers is in the eye of the beholder. This planet has a LOT of myopic beholders. The same GOD ruling all faiths must be quite distraught at the behavior of his (or her) children.
In the weeks to come, Robertson and his Republican Zombies will endorse the suicidal atmosphere of starting the LAST WAR. Timing is everything. Oil is everything else …
In a July edition of The 700 Club, Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson sharply criticized the “moderate tone” the Bush administration has allegedly taken toward Iran and its nuclear weapons program. Robertson advocated that Israel look out for the “survival of its nation” and “make some kind of a strike” against Iranian nuclear facilities. He also predicted that it will likely happen before the 2008 elections:
But nevertheless, I think we can look in the next few months for Israel to make a strike — possibly before the next election — because I think George Bush — to use the term an “amber light” — he’s given the amber, the yellow light, saying, “Caution, but go ahead.”
Last year, Robertson’s Regent University estimated that one in six of its graduates were employed in government work. Approximately 150 served in the Bush administration.
The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.
The 700 Club presents news stories from Robertson’s religious and political perspective, often relating stories to passages from the Bible which are generally followed by commentary from the hosts. Celebrities and other guests are interviewed about religious views. The news segments frequently emphasize eschatology (apocalyptic). The style of news reporting on the show has been criticized by many as unfairly biased.
With the endorsement of Rev. Pat Robertson, who has demonstrated Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder since his 700 Club started embedding Washington with his trained zombies. Its all about MONEY … why? Because CBN must promise MONEY to get the MONEY it needs to buy Washington influence. It needs MONEY to brainwash … See Church of Later Day Neocons
CBN can make it happen. Here’s how…
The mental health of America’s leaders is questioned throughout the world. Americans themselves appear to suffer similar problems, exacerbated by the Pat Robertsons and John Hagees. There is no help when the spin doctors are also deranged. Wake Up America … weaning ourselves from radicals from all points is necessary to survive this manufactured Armageddon. Oil is not renewable. Where is America’s intelligentsia? Brains and common sense have been buried under rhetoric supplied by the Armageddon freaks.
Wasting the last drop of America’s Oil resources by drilling everywhere is a desperate act in itself. Desperation breeds insanity and mob mentality … this plays right into the hands of the 700 Club OCPD leaders. Thank you Christian Jihadists of the House and Senate. Maybe the Dalai Lama can penetrate through McCain’s armor and implant some reason and common sense … maybe not.