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Monday, August 04, 2008

George Stephanopoulus Grills Pelosi on Oil Drilling Vote

And Speaker Pelosi can't respond better than stammer out the same worn out talking points that have led to Americans paying $4 a gallon for gas!

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: You've been getting a lot of heat for not allowing a straight up or down vote expanding drilling off the coasts of the United States. Why won't you permit a straight up or down vote?

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: Except it’s not just Republicans that are calling for this. Members of your own caucus say we must have a vote. Congressman Jason Altmire, let me show our viewers right now, says, “There is going to be a vote. September 30 will not come and go without a vote on the opening the Outer Continental Shelf. The message has been delivered. The issue can't be ignored any longer.” He says he speaks for a lot of Democrats. He's talked to the leadership and a vote must happen.

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: But if you feel you have the better arguments, why not give a straight up or down vote for drilling?

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, if you’re right, why not let it be debated out and have the vote?

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: So what exactly are you trying to say? You say you might allow a vote as part of a comprehensive package, but you won’t allow a vote on --

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet you brought those measures to the floor in a way under the suspension of the rules so that it couldn't be amended with a drilling proposal.

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: But why not allow votes on all that? When you came in as Speaker you promised in your commitment book "A New Direction for America," let me show our viewers, you said that “Bills should generally come to the floor under a procedure that allows open, full, fair debate consisting of full amendment process that grants the Minority the right to offer its alternatives.” If they want to offer a drilling proposal, why can't they have a vote?

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: I want to move on to other issues. Just to be clear, you are saying you will not allow a single up or down vote on drilling. But you will allow a vote on a package that includes drilling?

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’re not going to permit a vote, you may get beat, but you're not going to permit a vote on your own?

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!

STEPHANOPOULOS: But that’s what I don’t understand. If you could get votes on everything else that you care about which you say there is strong bipartisan support, why not allow a vote on the drilling as well?

PELOSI: Blah, blah, blah!
If you want the unadulterated transcript, you'll find it at Newsbusters.

House GOP to Continue Floor Protest Monday!

Our hard hitting never give up House GOP leadership will take to the empty House Chamber Monday morning to highlight once again how Democrats have left town on vacation while many Americans cannot afford the gas to do the same.

Michelle Malkin and Hot Air have the details. And thanks to Stuck on Stupid for posting the video.

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