Saturday, August 2, 2008

Republicans obstruct vote to lower gas prices

House Republican leaders pressured 13 of their members to switch their vote from “yes” to “no” during Wednesday's vote on the Commodity Markets and Transparency Act (H.R. 6604), a bill designed to rein in oil profiteers. Thanks to these strong arm tactics and weak members, the bill to lower gasoline prices by controlling profiteers failed by a vote of 276-151, falling ten votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for passage under the suspension of the House rules.

Once again, the GOP leadership sided with oil profiteers and used their power to help keep oil prices and profits high, while hurting the average American.

Then they have the balls to pull yesterday's stunt and blame the Democrats. What is wrong with these people? Why are some people so ill informed that they fall for such a stunt, even celebrate it? Are they too stupid to remember the Bush energy policies for the past 8 years that put us in this situation? Can't they remember the last Republican Congress - the 109th "Do Nothing" Congress that met less time in session, failed to pass budget resolutions and appropriations bills, provided no serious oversight of the disaster in Iraq, no major substantive policy achievements, and boasted 18 corrupt Republicans that were investigated/convicted or indicted (including 2 that went to the slammer: Ney and Cunningham)?

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