NRCC - Democrat Dirty Laundry: No-Drill, No-Vote Congress

Pelosi Says “NO” to Even Allowing Vote in House on Offshore Drilling Options

Democrats Promised to Work Across the Aisle to Deliver Solutions

“When they took the majority, House Democrats proclaimed that ‘bills should generally come to the floor under a procedure that allows open, full and fair debate consisting of a full amendment process that grants the Minority the right to offer its alternatives.’” (Washington Post, 7/25/08)

Democrats Refuse to Allow Amendments or Hold Vote on Offshore Drilling

“Why not have a vote on offshore drilling? There's a serious debate to be had over whether Congress should lift the ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in place since 1981. Unfortunately, you won't be hearing it in the House of Representatives -- certainly, you won't find lawmakers voting on it -- anytime soon.

“Instead of dealing with the issue on the merits, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a staunch opponent of offshore drilling, has simply decreed that she will not allow a drilling vote to take place on the House floor.”

“Meanwhile, the dispute has snarled progress on spending bills for fear of having drilling amendments attached. Citing ‘the uncertainty in how the oil and gas drilling issue is currently playing out on the Senate floor,’ Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) called off committee consideration of spending bills on which Republicans were threatening to offer drilling amendments. The result threatens to be the first time since at least 1950 that lawmakers will go home for the August recess without either chamber having passed a single appropriations bill.

If drilling opponents really have the better of this argument, why are they so worried about letting it come to a vote?”  (The Washington Post, 7/25/08)