GOP Energy-Bill Protest Could Overlap With Dem Convention

Letter turns up heat on Pelosi to reconvene
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2008 3:29 PM CDT
John McCain, accompanied by his wife Cindy, second from left, and others, takes a tour of a California oil field on July 28.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Republicans say their measures to suspend the House’s August recess and force a vote on a national energy bill could continue until just before the Democratic National Convention—or beyond, the Hill reports. “Republicans will not rest until we have an honest, up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act,” one GOP leader wrote in a letter to his party—and to rank-and file Democrats, the Chicago Tribune adds.

The letter from Minority Whip John Boehner and others calls on Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to reconvene. Boehner wants a coordinated flood of GOP speeches through at least Aug. 22; the convention begins Aug. 25. “We will keep the pressure on the Speaker until she gives the American people the energy vote they want,” he wrote.