'Mr. President, use your constitutional authority, bring Congress back and make them work'

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), in a House floor speech on July 31, as Republicans tried to keep Democrats from taking an August recess before debating energy issues.

Aug 8th, 2008

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), in a House floor speech on July 31, as Republicans tried to keep Democrats from taking an August recess before debating energy issues:

"Yesterday, by one vote, the House voted to adjourn as soon as today for the August recess. This means Congress is about to take a 5-week vacation without even taking a vote on bipartisan measures that would lessen our dependence on foreign oil by allowing more domestic drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.

"The American people won't get a vacation from high gasoline prices, so Congress shouldn't take a vacation until we vote to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

"If the Speaker won't keep the House in session to allow this vote, I urge President Bush to call an immediate energy special session of Congress. Under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, the president has the power 'on extraordinary occasions' to convene the Congress. If $4/gal [gasoline] isn't an extraordinary occasion that demands action by the Congress, I don't know what is.

"The Congress should stay in session and do its job and give the bipartisan pro-drilling majority a vote. And, Mr. President, if this Congress tries to leave town without voting on more drilling, use your constitutional authority, bring them back and make them work."

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