Republican congressman says presidential candidate welcome to speak on floor and credits bloggers for getting the word out.
By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
8/5/2008 5:07:56 PM
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain may be thrust into the public spat between House Republicans and Democrats over the Democratic leadership’s decision to take summer recess without vote on offshore oil drilling.
The Democratic leadership allowed the legislature’s scheduled summer break to begin August 1 without holding an up-or-down vote on increasing domestic oil drilling. Republicans stayed behind to protest the decision and have been delivering speeches on the floor of House in support of more drilling.
In a briefing with bloggers in House Minority Leader John Boehner’s office August 5, Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz ,said he would “love to have McCain come speak on the floor” as part of the protest. He said he believes inviting a senator to speak on the House floor would not violate House rules and challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to stop it.
"Yes, I think it is something he [McCain] could do. I mean, technically, we are trying to abide by the rules of procedure for the House," Shadegg said. "[W]e begin with a prayer, the pledge and we are speaking from the well -- with one exception, we're not taking questions from the gallery, but we are trying to accord ourselves normal decorum from the House floor."
McCain told an audience at the National Label Company in eastern Pennsylvania on August 4 he would be willing to come off the campaign trail and back to Washington to debate a new energy policy and urged Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama to do the same.
According to Shadegg, the only way McCain could be prevented from participating in the protest would be by an intervention from Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
***** Meanwhile, on another front, Barack Hussein Obama (aka BO) was busy being instructed on the prople use of a tire pressure gauge...We, of course, have some suggestions as to where he could most appropriately place the aforementioned appliance....ahem....