NRCC - Where's Carol Shea-Porter?

While Republicans Remain in Washington to Debate Energy, Shea-Porter Voted to Take Five-Week Vacation

Washington- Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D- NH ) sided with her party leadership last week and voted for a five-week vacation without addressing America’s energy crisis. Now, Republicans are protesting in Washington and calling on Speaker Pelosi to convene an emergency session of Congress to hold a vote on drilling:

“But the GOP lawmakers, many of them among the most conservative in the Republican Conference, clearly felt energized by their demand that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) call the House back into session to vote on offshore oil drilling.”

“… Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.) led a spontaneous revolt to protest the Democrats’ decision to adjourn the House for the five-week August recess without giving the minority party a chance to speak out on rising gas prices. Even after Democrats turned off the lights and microphones, and with TV cameras shut down, Republicans kept talking and chanting, ‘Drill, drill, drill!’” (Politico, 8/5/08)

Now, the question for Carol Shea-Porter is simple: Does Shea-Porter think that Speaker Pelosi should call Congress back into session to vote on energy?

Or will Shea-Porter continue to ignore the overwhelming majority of Americans who support Republican efforts to increase American oil drilling? Now that Shea-Porter has some time off back in her district, she should at least take the time to explain to her constituents why she voted to take a vacation instead of staying in Washington to deliver real solutions for America’s energy crisis.