HALL RETURNS TO WASHINGTON TO ASK SPEAKER PELOSI FOR ENERGY VOTE
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX/4th) joined other Republican Members, including Minority Leader John Boehner, on the Floor of the House of Representatives today to call for the House to reconvene and vote on the Republican energy proposal that would bring down the cost of gasoline.
Hall flew back to Washington from the district to participate in the Republican effort to convince Speaker Pelosi to reconvene the House for an emergency energy vote. Last week Hall voted for the House to stay in session until enactment of an energy relief bill, but that vote failed by one vote and the House adjourned for a five-week district recess.
Since then, Republicans have refused to leave the Floor, and each day a few Members keep the debate alive by addressing tour groups and any others who visit the chamber. Hall participated in the effort today.
"This is an unprecedented maneuver, but our constituents expect Congress to keep working to bring down gas prices. They certainly don't think we should be taking a month off," Hall said on the House floor.
"I don't know where the Speaker is, but I do know where she isn't. She isn't here in Washington solving America's energy crisis. All we are asking is that she comes back to work, reconvene the Congress, and allow a vote on this comprehensive bill to offer energy solutions for America."
Hall is a cosponsor of the American Energy Act, legislation that will increase the supply of American-made energy, improve conservation and efficiency, and promote new and expanding energy technologies to help lower the price at the pump and reduce America's increasingly costly and dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy.
Hall also introduced legislation to deed a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge back to the State of Alaska for immediate and environmentally responsible drilling.
"Increasing domestic production will reduce the price of gasoline and also increase our energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil," Hall said.