If you haven’t heard already, the House of Representatives has passed an energy bill.
It won’t be too long before you see the headlines and breaking news alerts:
BREAKING NEWS — US HOUSE PASSES BILL LIFTING BAN ON OFFSHORE DRILLING. DETAILS SOON. — BREAKING NEWS
The US House has passed a bill which lifts a ban on offshore drilling for at least 50 miles from shore in most areas.
But don’t let those headlines, or the soundbites that you’ll hear all morning, fool you.
The bill (a gift from planet saving Speaker Pelosi) that passed, was sent to House members last night around 9:45pm, it did not go through committee, it did not have bipartisan support, and it was not the result of any compromise from either side of the aisle.
The bill that passed was brought to the House floor by Democrats, given three hours of debate, one motion to change was granted to the Republicans, and then the final vote was taken. All in the same day.
Compromise was not allowed. Amendments were not allowed. The will of the American people was not allowed.
I have never in my life been more disappointed in our nation’s legislative process than I am tonight. I have never been so disgusted by blatant abuse of power than that shown by Speaker Pelosi today and during this entire legislative session. I have never been so disheartened by the obvious partisan behavior shown by the Democrats in the House today.
I will be putting the highlights of todays shenanigans into a video tomorrow, along with more description and analysis of Nancy Pelosi’s Magic Energy Bill. This bill is a lot like those magic beans sold to a boy named Jack. The problem is, if this bill doesn’t die in the Senate or get vetoed by the President, we’re going to run out of energy long before we ever find the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Did you catch what happened in the House on Friday? If you missed watching/listening/reading it live, then you missed an historic event in our nation’s history. Republican members of the House found their backbone, and stoop up in protest of the Democratic majority’s decision to recess for 5 weeks rather than discuss energy, oiol, drilling, or alternative energy solutions.
I covered all this with the video I made yesterday, Don’t Go.
One question that I haven’t been able to find the answer for, however, is just who stayed behind and who spoke on the House floor. If you know of a list of those Representatives who stayed behind and spoke on behalf of the American people, please let me know. All I have thus far is the roll call from the vote to adjourn.
You can visit the House of Representatives website and view the roll call vote, which adjourned the House for 5 weeks while we still have no plan to ease the energy crisis, no plan for alternative energy sources, no plan on drilling to get us through until we can develop alternative energy sources, nothing. The vote was 213-197.
Republican Congressmen Wayne Gilchrest (MD-1) and Walter Jones(NC-3) should be ashamed of themselves for voting with Democrats to adjourn without addressing the needs of the American people.
I’ve heard rumors that the rebellion will continue tomorrow. If it does, I will do my best to keep you up to date. I know I will be calling Speaker Pelosi’s office and the White House all week, demanding that Congress come back to work.
Oh. My. Gawd. What would we do without Barack Obama looking out for our liberty?
Barack Obama told House Democrats on Tuesday that as president he would order his attorney general to scour White House executive orders and expunge any that “trample on liberty,” several lawmakers said.
The liberties granted to us by the Constitution should be protected at all costs. No matter what the price, one should always be willing to give their time and effort to guard against any encroachment of these rights. It takes quite a man to stand up and do everything necessary to protect the liberties of over 300 million people.
Too bad Barack Obama is not that man.
If he was truly interested in protecting the liberties of the American people he would have been in the Senate on Saturday making sure that Section 3091 of “Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008” didn’t make it into the bill. If he truly wanted to expunge anything that “trampled on liberty” he would have done whatever was necessay to help expunge that section from the bill before it was passed by the Senate.
Actions speak louder than words Mr. Obama, and your actions indicate that you’re no better than the other 72 Senators and 272 Representatives who voted to trample on our liberties this past weekend.