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    BREAKING: Republican revolt on house Floor against Pelosi

    BREAKING: Republican revolt on house Floor against Pelosi

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    House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House and turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.

    Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m., and they are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.

    At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward.

    But C-SPAN, which has no control over the cameras in the chamber, has stopped broadcasting the House floor, meaning no one was witnessing this except the assembled Republicans, their aides, and one Democrat, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has now left.

    Only about a half-dozen Republicans were on the floor when this began, but the crowd has grown to about 20, according to Patrick O'Connor.

    "This is the people's House," said Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.). "This is not Pelosi's politiburo."

    Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speaker's Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.

    "You're not covering this, are you?" complained one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans "morons" for staying on the floor.

    Update: The Capitol Police are now trying to kick reporters out of the press gallery above the floor, meaning we can't watch the Republicans anymore. But Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is now in the gallery talking to reporters, so the cops have held off for a minute. Clearly, Democrats don't want Republicans getting any press for this episode. GOP leaders are trying to find other Republicans to rotate in for Blunt so reporters aren't kicked out.

    Update 2: This message was sent out by Blunt's office:

    "Although this Democrat majority just adjourned for the Democrat 5-week vacation, House Republicans are continuing to fight on the House floor. Although the lights, mics and C-SPAN cameras have been turned off, House Republicans are on the floor speaking to the taxpayers in the gallery who, not surprisingly, agree with Republican energy proposals.

    "All Republicans who are in town are encouraged to come to the House floor."

    Update 3: Democrats just turned out the lights again. Republicans cheered.

    Update 4: Republican leaders just sent out a notice looking for a bullhorn, and leadership aides are trying to corral all the members who are still in town to come speak on the floor and sustain this one-sided debate.

    Also, Republicans can thank Shadegg for turning on the microphones the first time. Apparently, the fiesty Arizona conservative started typing random codes into the chamber's public address system and accidentally typed the correct code, allowing Republicans brief access to the microphone before it was turned off again.

    "I love this," Shadegg told reporters up in the press gallery afterward. "Congress can be so boring. ... This is a kick."


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    Update 4: The scene on the floor is kind of crazy. Normally, members are not allowed to speak directly to the visitor galleries, and visitors are prohibited from cheering. But in this case, the members are walking up and down on the floor during their speeches, standing on chairs. The visitors are cheering loudly. Some members even brought in visitors, who are now sitting on the House floor in the seats normally filled by lawmakers, cheering and clapping. Very funny.

    Democrats faced a choice here: Should they leave the cameras on and let Republicans rip Pelosi & Co. on C-SPAN, or should they leave the cameras off and let the Republicans have their "tantrum," as one Democratic aide characterized it, with the cameras off? So the cameras are off, but Republicans, and the crowd, are clearly enjoying the scene.

    Update 5: Republicans are literally hugging each other on the House floor. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), not normally known as a distinguished orator, just gave a rousing speech, accusing Democrats of stifling dissent. He referenced President John Quincy Adams, who returned as a House member after being defeated in his bid for presidential reelection. Waving his arms and yelling, Manzullo brought the crowd (including a lot of staff shipped in by GOP leaders to fill up the place), and he left the floor to hugs from his colleagues. You don't see that up here every day.

    Update 6: Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chamber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.

    He then said, "I am a Democrat, and here is my energy plan" and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around the House floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.

    See Also: More Updates
    GOP talkathon Part II: Dems turn out the lights but GOP won't go home
    GOP talkathon Part III: No shirt? no tie? No problem

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    LOL... this should be interesting!

    Please help save America for our children and grandchildren... they are counting on us. THEY DESERVE the goodness of AMERICA not to be given to those who are stealing our children's future! ... and a congress who works for THEM!
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    Impeach Pelosi

    God Bless the Republicans for figthing back ! Pelosi is a traitor to the American people and needs to be impeached!
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    Re: Impeach Pelosi

    Quote Originally Posted by EL
    God Bless the Republicans for figthing back ! Pelosi is a traitor to the American people and needs to be impeached!
    The woman is a NUT CASE! Get rid of her!
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    Wonderful!! Will the next session include some fisticuffs between opposing side like they do in Korea and Russia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAK
    LOL... this should be interesting!






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    Wow, this is exciting. I wish one of our video bloggers was close at hand to capture this!

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    Good for the politicians that are standing their ground and trying to do something. I could only hope that some people will see what the dems are doing. Where is the president? If he had any sense in him or any guts, he would force them all back in there.

    Pelosi and gang cry foul every chance they get but they sure as heck don't mind when they block a vote. They disgust me to the core.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC
    Wow, this is exciting. I wish one of our video bloggers was close at hand to capture this!

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    Too right William!! Look at this latest update from the site zeezil provided. How stirring -to be there. This is the beginning of something. I think of those who have written 'the sleeping giant is awake.' Read the last bit.


    August 01, 2008
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    GOP Talkathon Part IV: Come on Down

    With the public viewing galleries shutting down for the night, Rep. Kevin Brady has just invited everyone down to the House floor to keep the protest going.

    It has been quite the scene on the House floor this afternoon, as GOP staff members have kept the chamber filled with an eclectic assortment of people.

    Boy Scouts, members of the German army, stray tourists and even members in shorts and t-shirts have all been spotted on the floor at different times.

    While Democrats have privately decried the breakdown in order, Republicans defended the protest.

    "You are not witnessing a revolt," said Rep. Mike Pence. "You are witnessing democracy in action."

    Rep. Donald Manzullo also delivered a passionate speech, saying today was his late father's birthday.

    After relating how his father, an Italian immigrant, came to live in Illinois and own a little grocery store, Manzullo brought the crowd to its feet with this line: "The people of this country are rising up and saying, 'We want our country back!'"

    August 01, 2008
    Categories: Miscellany
    GOP Talkathon Part IV: Come on Down

    With the public viewing galleries shutting down for the night, Rep. Kevin Brady has just invited everyone down to the House floor to keep the protest going.

    It has been quite the scene on the House floor this afternoon, as GOP staff members have kept the chamber filled with an eclectic assortment of people.

    Boy Scouts, members of the German army, stray tourists and even members in shorts and t-shirts have all been spotted on the floor at different times.

    While Democrats have privately decried the breakdown in order, Republicans defended the protest.

    "You are not witnessing a revolt," said Rep. Mike Pence. "You are witnessing democracy in action."

    Rep. Donald Manzullo also delivered a passionate speech, saying today was his late father's birthday.

    After relating how his father, an Italian immigrant, came to live in Illinois and own a little grocery store, Manzullo brought the crowd to its feet with this line: "The people of this country are rising up and saying, 'We want our country back!'"

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    OMG tourists got to witness this historic event. It is over now, or has something just begun... We really must get active this month carrying this moment forward. I read this and I almost want to cry.

    I bet it means nothing to Luis Guitterizzzz or Zoeeee Logren.


    August 01, 2008
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    It's over

    Right at the stroke of five Georgia Rep. Tom Price announced that House Republicans were ending their impromptu protest on the floor of the chamber, ending a five-plus hour mock rebellion with a round of "God Bless America."

    The assembled tourists, aides and members in the chamber gave Price and his compatriots a standing ovation. They left the chamber to shouts of "USA! USA! USA!"

    By Patrick O'Connor 05:07 PM

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