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19 September 2008

Gingrey Calls Democrats' Energy Bill A Hoax

Tuesday night, the U.S. House passed an energy bill backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D - California) that according to the Speaker's office, launches a clean renewable energy future that creates new American jobs, expands domestic energy supply -- including new offshore drilling, and invents and builds more efficient vehicles, buildings, homes, and infrastructure [Source:, "Comprehensive American Energy Security & Consumer Protection Act", September, 2008].

Among Georgia's congressional delegation, four Congressmen voted for the bill (Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis & David Scott) while the other nine voted against it (John Barrow, Paul Broun, Nathan Deal, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston, John Linder, Jim Marshall, Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland) [Source: House Roll Call #599].

Phil Gingrey, who was one of several Republican members of Congress that stayed in a darkened House chamber demanding Speaker Pelosi call the House back into session for a vote on an energy drafted by the GOP, called the Comprehensive American Energy Security & Consumer Protection Act (H.R.6899) a hoax in a blog entry posted on The Hill newspaper's Congress blog.

Mrs. Pelosi said a month ago, six weeks ago, that any bill that included drilling was a hoax. Well, she came forward with a hoax bill that absolutely will result in not one drop of additional fossil fuel, petroleum, or natural gas being obtained from the United States’ domestic resources. [Source: The Hill's Congress Blog, "Pelosi’s Energy Bill a Hoax (Rep. Phil Gingrey)", September 18, 2008]

Gingrey also accused the Democratic-led House of caring more about global warming than they do about the safety, security, and economy of the United States of America.