Rehberg Calls for True Energy Leadership in Congress
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and respond to America's current energy crisis by calling a special session of Congress and passing comprehensive energy legislation to lower gas prices.
"America needs a Congress that will act now to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and work to lower gas prices," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "Speaker Pelosi closed up shop, left town, and is now on vacation signing autographs for her book, instead of displaying true leadership and helping to pass an energy plan."
Rehberg and dozens of his Republican colleagues today continued their effort to force Speaker Pelosi to call the House back into session. House Republicans, who last week rejected the decision to adjourn, have remained on the House floor, darkened and without cameras or microphones after the Democratic Leadership shut down the House for the August recess. The members, joined by the American public, are discussing the effects high energy prices are having on families across the country. On Wednesday, Rehberg is taking part in more than six hours of debate from the House floor. Many current and former members of Congress, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and others, have joined the effort.
"It's very heartening to see so much enthusiasm from my Republican colleagues and the general public in response to the call for relief at the gas pump," Rehberg said. "We need to send a strong message that the United States Congress will do everything it can to wean America from foreign oil. If Congress acts now, I'm confident you'll see a reduction in the price of gasoline. I'm going to continue to try to solve our energy problems."
House Republicans are pushing for Speaker Pelosi to allow an up or down vote on the American Energy Act, a balanced energy plan introduced last month that includes research and development in traditional fossil fuels, energy conservation, alternative energy sources, and energy technology. Rehberg is a co-sponsor of the legislation (HR 6566). Following the call to action on the House floor today, Rehberg and House Republicans discussed further solutions to American's energy problems in a meeting with officials from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Rehberg's plan for energy independence can be viewed on his website at http://www.house.gov/rehberg/energyindependence/.