On his way back to North Carolina following his participation in the House Republicans' debate on energy reform today, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) said he was honored to have lent his voice to the call for more domestic energy production. Congressman Coble, speaking at a news conference and on the House floor, said he has heard from numerous 6th District constituents who are demanding that Congress fix America's energy problem now.
"In speaking on the House floor today," Coble remarked, "I told those gathered there that the House and Senate should suspend our August district work period, officially return to Washington, and pass serious and comprehensive energy reform legislation now. This is not a political stunt. By taking the House floor every day, we Republicans are stating that we are serious about making America energy independent. We must expand our domestic oil and natural gas production, increase the use of nuclear energy, while at the same time expand alternative energy sources and promote conservation. We can and should do it all."
This is the second full week of a spontaneous Republican debate on the floor of the U.S. House following Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) decision to send Congress home for a five-week break without allowing a vote on comprehensive energy reform. Rep. Coble participated in a news conference at 11 a.m. today and then joined his GOP colleagues in the House Chamber in the Capitol for the energy reform debate. About a dozen Republican members participated in the debate today including Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte.
Rep. Coble is returning to North Carolina to resume the rest of his district work schedule, which has been planned for many weeks in advance. He said he is ready to rearrange his schedule if he is needed to return to Capitol Hill.