August 5th, 2008
05:44 PM ET

Don't go Congress, there's still work to do

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Martina Stewart
CNN Associate Producer

A group of conservative online activists launched a new Web site Tuesday to support a call by House Republicans to reconvene Congress and vote on an energy bill.

The site, dontgomovement.com, is intended to be a clearinghouse for information about a protest House Republicans began Friday soon after Congress adjourned for its August recess. Instead of heading home to their districts, some House Republicans have remained in Washington and taken to the floor of the House to protest Congress' failure to act on an energy bill.

“They provided the spark but we were the energy that was already out there,” Patrick Ruffini, a founding editor of the conservative Web site thenextright.com, said on a conference call with fellow online activists Tuesday afternoon.

More than 1100 people have signed up for an e-mail distribution list associated with the site since a preliminary splash page for it went up on the Internet Monday, according to Eric Odom, one of the organizers behind dontgomovement.com.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Eileen

    Wake up people! This is a classic Republican tactic. Obstruct progress and then complain of gridlock. If they are SO concerned about the energy crisis in the country, why haven't more of them joined the Gang of Ten to move the proposed Energy Reform Act of 2008. This proposal would have allowed some off shore drilling and promoted important progress in renewable energy sources.

    Senator Obama offered to support this effort, even though he does not agree with all the provisions. That is how Congress is supposed to work. People who don't agree, get together and forge compromises. Anything else is just a stupid stunt.

    August 6, 2008 at 9:07 am |
  2. Jim

    Apparently the Dems are confidant that the problems facing Americans can wait while they vacation. Bully to the Republicans for calling them out on it. Pelosi looks foolish and ineffective.

    August 6, 2008 at 8:11 am |
  3. Surafel Melaku

    I never thought politics gets in a way of fixing our life Anderson. Dems promise to solve our problem but look they are holding every thing just to elect Obama, and the Rep. are staying in DC to show they dedication for solving the issues energy/oil and immigration policy. Its all politics but they forgot one big promise and that is they keep politics on the side when it comes to the issue and challenge our nation.

    August 6, 2008 at 3:50 am |
  4. Peace Out

    T. Boone Pickins has some great ideas and a cool web site in discussion that's productive. Elvis has left the building and we can't drill out of this. Reality hits hard as we all pay for 70% oil imported. Our generation refuses to grease in and smell like a converted french fry engine. We support innovation and every generation has a responsibility to the next. What treasures do yee seek at sea ? More solar and wind ya see ! A polar bear in a solar car commerical ! Make a new plan Uncle Sam ! "Sing for the laughter,sing for the tear,dream on until your dreams comes through................" 70's we're up to bat ! Swing ! Dust the plate and make a new plan Uncle Sam ! These sacrifices, we'll make to take and won't break !

    August 6, 2008 at 12:17 am |
  5. KS

    WOW The Republicans are finally begging Democrats to work with them. Now let me get this straight. Democrats and Republicans have been in Congress for almost 30 years now and the Republicans are wanting the Democrats to come back so they can do something some of them (McCain) have had almost 30 years to do and haven't done and they want to do this in one week. Now that sounds like a good one for Jay Leno. The fault lies not with Democrats or Republicans but with both parties. For almost 30 years people have been saying there is a train coming down the track and Congress paid no attention. Now the train is in sight and their feet have sprouted feet in the bed of the tracks they cannot get out of the way so rather than trying, all they do is stand and blame each other. Throw some more coals to the boiler of that engine.

    August 6, 2008 at 12:06 am |
  6. Zach, Parker, South Dakota

    I've got news for you all. If the GOP really was concerned with getting this through both houses, President Bush could call an emergency session of congress. When McCain is out campaigning, he is saying how congress gets too many breaks. This leaves me asking one thing: when was the last time either Senator was in the Senate? They are both out campaigning, wasting more and more fuel, while they could be in the Senate working out an energy plan. They are both the most powerful men in their respective parties, and if they want to prove to America that we can be united again, then they should do the footwork right now. Leadership would be making a compromise. We are a nation of two parties, which President Washington warned strongly against. We ned to blame ourselves for this problem, not each other. We have all taken the unneccessary trip, let our car run while we were in a store, let it warm up in the winter. We have been living without restraints for far too long, and now we all want to blame the other guy. It is the fault of AMERICANS: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Let's be Americans and get a deal done.

    August 5, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  7. Byron

    No to congress coming back, in fact give them an extended vacation. The longer their gone this less damage they can do.

    I also have to wonder how Nancy Poloci get home? Was it one her own version of Air Force one?

    August 5, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  8. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    The GOP is trying to force through the last of Bush's blunders...............don't let them Democratic majority. The Bush Administration didn't care for 7 1/2 years, why let him force it through now...........what happened to Lame Duck President?

    August 5, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  9. Aaron clegg

    Congress needs to be called back over this energy bills. I would like to see off shore drilling to bring down prices a tthe pump. but also would like to see other things like Nuclar, Wind, Solar and so froth. But congress need to listen to the American People We elected them and they represent US the American People. They need to come back and give this engery bills a vote. And Nancy Pelosi is the biggest rotten person in congress let the house vote on the bills and instead of turning off the lights of the house. Vote on it and give what we want. drilling and explroation of Oil and get us off OPEC right now and start our own oi like we were during WWII the most oil producing country in the world and instead of depending on OPEC.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Ron, Berkeley,Ca.

    A bunch of whiners. I take public transportation...... The Bus. Or I ride my bycycle. Why, sometime I just WALK. It would`nt matter who controls congress, when it comes time for them to vote to give themselves a pay raise you can bet they`ll all vote the same way.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Dwight Gibson

    75 percent of Americans want off shore drilling. Democrats behavior regarding our oil dependence of the Middle East not home is the issue that is going to determine this election.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  12. James Dylan

    I guess the democrats in the house haven't seen the poll showing their approval rating was even lower than Bush's. I think Pelosi just cost herself her job. Should I dare say Cindy Sheehan might win. The door has been opened. Perhaps Pelosi doesn't understand the words oil crisis or energy independence.
    And also, is there some new info out saying what percentage of Americans don't inflate their car tires properly? Or, suppose we all drove all vehicles in the most efficient manner would we then not be importing oil? Obama's really starting to believe people will believe everything he says. Or is he just that lame? Eeeh, it doesn't matter; soon he will be back to being called a junior Senator.
    Having never been a backer of the Iraq war I will admit that it just might turn out to be a very positive thing in middle east. Someone should tell Obama to hope for it.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  13. lampe

    I got news, for you Democrats, maybe Pres. Bush has really messed things up. But, when the Speaker-of the House, Pelosi, won't even allowed a vote to be placed on the floor for Drilling, you can no longer blame it on Bush, and The Repubs. Pelosi, and Reed, are the biggest liars, they are telling you it's everyone else's faults, while they sit on their hands. If and when Obama loses, and he will you Dems, can blame Pelosi,Reed, Dean, Kerry and Kennedy for trying to force feed you with this kid called Obama.

    August 5, 2008 at 9:04 pm |
  14. Mari, Salt Lake City

    Honestly, what drama! Here the GOP had been "in power" from 1994-2006 and their record for being on "vacation" is quite interesting. However, since this is an election year and they don't have much to be proud of, they started this little drama to get the Dems goat. Is this silly or what?

    August 5, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  15. Dk

    I am a democrat but i was really upset that the rep. were willing to stay and talk but we left. Also Obama should urge the party to come back and talk. That should show obama's leadership. My vote will surely change if Obama wont even talk about urging the congress to talk further.

    August 5, 2008 at 8:51 pm |
  16. Larry

    dem controlled congress don't know what to do without their puppetmaster ted kennedy on the shelf.

    August 5, 2008 at 8:51 pm |
  17. Rosie

    Food for thought:
    It was because our emotional status, which resulted from 9/11, were taken advantage of, that we have an unnecessary war in Iraq.
    Now once again our vulnerability, because of economy fears, are being taken advantage of for political gain.
    Have we not learned from the unnecessary war in Iraq, how wrong our judgment can be, when our own personal problems or feelings, are the source of our judgment? What is it going to take to stop us from being such a gullible Country?
    This is why we need a Leader, like Obama. One who will not take advantage of our emotional vulnerabilities, by giving us a quick mental fix, for political gain.
    I hope we can get pass the color of the container, for in it is an abundant future for America. I sure hope we all do not have to suffer because the container does not pass the judgment of a few..

    August 5, 2008 at 8:46 pm |
  18. Annie Kate

    Even if the full Congress was there they wouldn't get anything done. Too much attention on elections and getting re-elected. But even without the elections the Congress doesn't do much anymore – its like its mired in quicksand. The sad thing about this Congress now is that it started with such great hopes from the electorate and now you can't even tell the difference when they are there and when they are not.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 5, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  19. Ron, Berkeley,Ca.

    Since when did`nt congress take vacation? I guess because the Republican congress have they`re jobs on the line , they`ve decided going on vacation just is`nt that important now. They feel they can fool us again. I think not... Shades of Terry Shivo, all over again. We`re not falling for anymore Smoke&Mirrors. You, folks will have to find real jobs, after the election, and the lot of you will be thrown out on your worthless Butts...

    August 5, 2008 at 7:51 pm |
  20. Heather,CA,US

    I am a Dem but I am also realistic. I am so sick and tired of oil being politicized. The fact is the reason we are in this position of paying so much for gas in our cars is:1.China and India who have gigantic populations have finally caught up to us with growing economies.2.Oil is traded in dollars and when the value of our dollar is at record lows,they have to raise prices to compete with the euro.3.Washington with its horrible economic policies 4.Finally all the car makers who didnt think globally about car production. We are in a global economy,foreign businesses are buying us up because for the first time in a long time we are cheap. We have to drill off shore! We have no choice. China and India aren't going away. We have to do everything .I agree with McCain! We need it all done. We have learned from the past drilling off the coast can be done safely. I don't like Bush but the truth is just by him lifting the ban on drilling changed the psychology and the price went down. I am a dem but I can always be other or a Lou Dobbs Ind like my husband. Pelosi better be careful.They wont come back to DC. Of course they are hardly ever there.

    August 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  21. Larry

    Dems say they're for drilling now; soon as they get the political trifecta House, Congress & Prez they 'll drill one hole to put a pool in obama's backyard.

    It's all about getting re-elected.

    August 5, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  22. jim

    It is typical of the democrats. They want to tell the American people what is good for them. 80% of the American people favor drilling for oil offshore, nuclear power and at Anwar. The democrats think they are ignorant and they should make the decisions what to do on the energy crisis.. Check the tire pressure once a month. Right. That will solve the problem Mr. Hit and Run Jack Cafferty!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 7:10 pm |
  23. Kristina

    If house republicans are so determined to get an energy bill passed, why didn't they work harder before the vacation? They have no intentions of doing anything either, they just want to make their party look good in an election year. I give up on congress, they're all useless.

    August 5, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  24. Paula from Georgia

    Pelosi and Reed, have proven one thing, for all the campaigning in 1995 and 96 elections. They only took the road easy traveled. No Impeachment for Bush for high crimes and trenson. She played her role well. Reed played the floor as the republicans did when they were in control. The Dems as a whole No Backbone. Whatever happens in November. remember one thing. In January, the Big bills are coming on the debt. It comes down who get the tax bill first. Us or them. US US US Poor folks!!

    August 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  25. JC- Los Angeles

    Please, please, please don't ask these worthless politicians to reconvene; all you'll get is catered lunches, expense account dinners, filibusters and endless streams of hot air.

    As for "heading home to their districts," I believe they are heading to their second or third homes paid for by taxpayers and sweetheart loans.

    August 5, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  26. Jolene

    At one time I was impressed with Pelosi, I'm not much anymore. I believed her when she said she was going to make a difference, now she just comes off as bitter and about as stubborn as Bush. If Congress is going to take a month off, then so should the rest of the country. It's sad that the energy issue does not appear to be as important to them. Very disappointing.

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    August 5, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  27. Cindy

    Hey...what can you expect from the Dems in congress? They have done nothing since they took control! So them leaving in the middle of trying to work out an energy bill so that they can go on vacas or what ever doesn't surprise me one bit. I wish that Pres. Bush would force them back to work until they ironed out a deal! If we can't get a break neither should they!

    Pelosi has really kept up her end of the deal when she said that she'd make this congress work way more and take less breaks! MAN...is she ever good!


    August 5, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  28. Victor Solt

    McCain today stated that when he is President, he will order Congress back to work....but didn't he precede that statement by asking OBAMA to order the Congress back to work? Doesn't this amount to a concession speech by McCain? He basically said he wasn't the president and Obama is! Maybe that trip to Europe really confused McCain!

    August 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm |