'The proof will be in the proverbial pudding'

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), in an Aug. 12 statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the Aug. 11 "Larry King Live" on CNN, in response to a question about lifting Outer Continental Shelf leasing moratoriums, "They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas. We can do that. We can have a vote on that."

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the Aug. 11 "Larry King Live" on CNN, in response to a question about lifting Outer Continental Shelf leasing moratoriums, "They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas. We can do that. We can have a vote on that.":

"I was certainly encouraged to hear the Speaker last night suggest a willingness to allow the House to have an up-or-down vote on the merits of unlocking the potential of America's abundant energy resources. But the proof will be in the proverbial pudding.

"House Republicans have already made our position clear – a position that includes remaining on the floor of the U.S. House to demand a genuine debate and straightforward vote on the most important issue facing Americans today.

"Despite what we heard last night, the speaker's position is far from clear, but she could clear that up by bringing the House back into session and working with Republicans to pass a serious energy plan to bring down prices at the pump."

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