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Blackburn Answers Republican Call


Location: Washington, DC

Blackburn Answers Republican Call

Lawmaker Returns to Washington to Force Energy Reform

Joining the calls of Republican Members of Congress from Leader John Bohener (R-OH) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) will return to Washington this evening. Republicans plan to defy Speaker Pelosi and take to the House floor this week to protest the adjournment for August recess without serious legislation to address the high cost of energy.

"Democrats left for their August break at a time when high gas prices have caused most of my constituents to cut their family vacations short. While the Speaker and her colleagues left without finishing their work, Tennesseans are worrying about the cost of cooling their own homes and filling up their tanks. I am going back to Washington to stand up for families in Tennessee who believe that a full menu of responsible energy choices is long overdue. If Democrats are willing to address serious energy reform, we will be in Washington ready to work with them."

Anticipating the reaction from Democrat critics Blackburn said:

"This protest takes away Democrats' last excuse not to get serious about the high price of energy. Tennesseans don't have a ‘pay more, drive less' option, and this protest makes it very clear which party is serious about easing the pain at the pump. Even if the Democrats don't come back this week, by the time we get to September, the pressure on them to act will be irresistible."

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