HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO VACATE!! Lights Shut Off! …Updated With List …Update- Video!!
“The C-SPAN cameras were gone and the microphones were off, but that didn’t stop a small group of Republicans from taking over the House floor after the House adjourned for five weeks to attack Democrats for leaving town without doing something to lower gas prices… “Madame Speaker, Where art thou?” Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, shouted from the well of the House.”
August 1, 2008
The House shut off the lights earlier.
Someone should bring them a box of candles… Isn’t that part of the Democratic plan?
Check Pelosi’s office.
Here’s the phone video that just played on FOX News:
It’s not the best video but it’s better than what the rest of the MSM is showing…
which is nothing.
40 GOP congressmen came to the floor.
The Politico is now reporting the story:
“This is the people’s House,” Rep, Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) said. “This is not Pelosi’s politiburo.”
Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speaker’s Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.
“You’re not covering this, are you?” complaing one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans “morons” for staying on the floor.
Michelle Malkin is following the Floor Revolt in the US House of Representatives!
The Democrats may have gone on vacation, but House Republicans are on the floor today, working on behalf of taxpayers to push energy proposals forward. Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, is busy hawking her miserably performing book–currently 1,726 on Amazon.com.
Someone Bring Them Candles!!
Free Republic is reporting:
CSPAN has shut down coverage of the House. The lights have been turned out.
House Republicans are still there, raising cain- trying to get them to turn the lights back on and continue debating over drilling!!!
CALL THE REPUBLICAN OFFICES– TELL THEM TO KEEP RAISING CAIN!!!!
Boehner’s office: (202)225-4000
Repub Conference: (202)225-5107
Send an email to The White House, too!
For 30 years Democrats have blocked energy development in this country.
It’s about time the Republicans stood up and fought for the American people!
UPDATE: Democrats turned out the lights again!!! Republicans cheered!!!!
JOHN CULBERSON is posting Live Updates:
This is a historic first – conservatives will not go quietly home and neglect our duty to vote to bring down energy prices.
UPDATE 2: The GOP Reps are on a roll, The Politico updates:
Republican leaders just sent out a notice looking for a bullhorn and leadership aides are trying to corral all the members who are still in town to come speak on the floor and sustain this one-sided debate.
Also, Republicans can thank Shadegg for turning on the microphones the first time. Apparently, the fiesty Arizona conservative started typing random codes into the chamber’s public address system and accidentally typed the correct code, allowing Republicans brief access to the microphone before it was turned off again.
UPDATE 3: From the Politico, again:
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Cali)
Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chaber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.
He then said “I am a Democrat and here is my energy plan” and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around he house floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.
UPDATE 4: I do hope this revolution is YouTubed.
The Pelosi Premium (Freep)
UPDATE 5: Here is a partial list from Free Republic:
Just got off the phone. Here is a list scribbled down of who is there so far, last names only:
(Pardon any mispellings, please)
He said more are coming, and for us to keep spreading the word!
** VIDEO HERE
Free Republic also has the donut(Comment 667) and pizza joints (Comment 658) listed if you want to send them goodies.
Around 12:30 p.m., the bright TV lights in the chamber were turned off, as Chief Deputy Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., was speaking.
Cantor didn’t miss a beat, declaring, “Turn off the lights, turn off the mikes, kick out the press because they [the Democrats]don’t want to deal with this important issue.”
UPDATE 7: The Crypt, Part II reported:
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said he was “not leaving until we call this Congress back into session and vote for energy independence.”
Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the dimly lit chamber is a “vision of the future by the Democrat Party: The lights are out, there’s no power, and the air conditioning is gonna go off soon.”
It looks like there is mainstream media blackout on this news so far (3:35 PM CST).
UPDATE 8: From Culberson and Twitter:
Congressman Todd Platts of Penn is up now – He was driving home heard about this and turned around and is here calling for Congress to get to work.
UPDATE 9: The WaPo is reporting that the protest is over(?)
Here is another partial list of the GOP Reps who showed up for the protest:
Among the GOP members who lined up to speak were Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), Minority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.), Reps. Michael Burgess (Texas), John Campbell (Calif.), Eric Cantor (Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), John Carter (Texas), John Culberson (Texas), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Virginia Foxx (N.C.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Duncan Hunter (Calif.), Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), Mike Pence (Ind.), Tom Price (Ga.), Ted Poe (Texas), Adam Putnam (Fla.), Bill Sali (Idaho), John Shadegg (Ariz.), John Shimkus (Ill.) and Tim Walberg (Mich.).