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MI Morning Update: House GOP stands up for consumers much to the dismay of Speaker Pelosi

94 Days Until Election Day

August 2, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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MORNING UPDATE:

DEMOCRAT SPEAKER TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS…House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned the light offs – literally – on House members who wanted to vote on energy policy, including Congressman Tim Walberg. Walberg and other House members gave impromptu speeches in the dark about the need to expand American energy production after Speaker Pelosi had the lights turned off in the House Chamber.

Please check out the article below from The Hill newspaper, as well as this article from Politico:

DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO PLAY GAMES WITH ENERGY… Their persistent refusal to expand production of American energy has come back to bite us all in the form of $4-plus gasoline. Well documented is the $700 billion we give in petrodollars each year to other nations, many of whom promote terrorism and anti-Americanism. While American families are enraged over pain at the pumps, Democrat leaders, beholden to environmental extremists, remain mired in an anti-drilling posture that pits them against a clear majority of the American people.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.

 

 

House GOP Protests Delay On Drilling Bill
Members Assail Democrats For Not Bringing It to Vote

By Ben Pershing
Saturday, August 2, 2008; A03

Republicans staged a revolt on the House floor yesterday to protest the lack of a vote on opening more land to oil drilling — but this particular revolution was not televised.

On the last day of the session before a five-week break, several dozen GOP lawmakers took to the floor shortly after the House adjourned and essentially refused to leave for more than five hours, even after — as is customary during an adjournment — the television cameras were turned off, the microphones were silenced and the lights were extinguished. No one occupied the speaker’s chair, nor were any clerks or parliamentarians present to steer the pseudo-debate.

House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, 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.

Congress Adjourns Without Action on Energy
10 Senators Offer Bipartisan Bill

By Steven Mufson and Paul Kane
Saturday, August 2, 2008; A03

After two months of fever-pitch debate over how to deal with the soaring price of oil, Congress left town yesterday without doing anything on energy. The final day featured a group of raucus Republicans who remained on the House floor after an adjournment vote was passed, the microphones turned off and the lights dimmed, demanding that Democratic leaders return and take action on comprehensive energy legislation.

On the Senate side, a bipartisan group of senators known as the "group of 10" yesterday outlined a possible $84 billion compromise bill including new "targeted" offshore drilling opportunities and a $20 billion program to get 85 percent of new U.S. vehicles off petroleum-based fuels in 20 years. But the group left unresolved some of the toughest issues — such as how to fully pay for the bill.

Obama Signals Support for Wider Offshore Drilling
Oil Search Would Be Part of ‘Comprehensive Energy Policy’ Aimed at Lower Gas Prices

By Jonathan Weisman
Saturday, August 2, 2008; A04

ORLANDO, Aug. 1 — Sen. Barack Obama suggested on Friday that he could accept an expansion of offshore oil drilling as long as it was part of a broader package of measures that would free the logjam of energy bills in Congress.

"My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices," Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in an interview with the Palm Beach Post. "If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well-thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage — I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done."

Obama to campaign in Lansing Monday

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in Lansing Monday for a speech on energy and the economy, his campaign announced Friday.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lansing Center downtown for the 11 a.m. speech. The event is open to the public, but tickets are required. They are free and will be available first-come, first-served at 9 a.m. Saturday at Gone Wired Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.in Lansing.

Proos plans to prime the pump

By JIM DALGLEISH

State tax credits may be the way to prime the pump to get oil refineries built in Michigan, state Rep. John Proos argues.

That’s why the St. Joseph Republican has introduced a House bill to create an "oil refinery renaissance zone." The "zone" could be established wherever refineries and oil pipelines are built. "With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, it’s clear we need to do everything possible to lower gas prices," Proos said in a news release. "One of the reasons drivers are paying more is because we lack crucial infrastructure such as refineries and pipelines that would lower costs."

McCain Tuesday visit to Fermi confirmed

August 02. 2008 1:19AM

Details aren’t complete, but Sen. John McCain, the Republican Presidential candidate, will visit DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 nuclear plant Tuesday. DTE officials said Friday the planned campaign stop has been confirmed.

"He is planning to visit," said Jack Davis, DTE’s chief nuclear officer. "We are very excited about it and we’re very pleased that he selected Fermi to come and visit and talk about nuclear power in today’s world." The prospects of a visit surfaced earlier this week when an internal AFL-CIO memo to acitivist members said the visit would be an opportunity to stage a rally during the visit.

Sen. McCain advocates expanding the use of nuclear power production in the nation and said 45 new plants could be launched by 2030.

State calls for suit dismissal
Attorneys want appeals court to drop case against debated constitution amendment.

David Eggert / Associated Press

LANSING — State attorneys said Friday the Michigan Court of Appeals should dismiss a lawsuit aimed at blocking a sweeping constitutional amendment from the November ballot known as Reform Michigan Government Now.

Attorney General Mike Cox made the argument in a legal brief filed on behalf of defendants including the Board of State Canvassers. But Cox personally went on to file a separate friend-of-the-court brief arguing the measure proposes too many fundamental changes to be made in one ballot petition. A group led by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce sued last week, asking the court to order election officials to reject the ballot drive.

Senate OKs compact on Great Lakes use

BY TODD SPANGLER
August 1, 2008

WASHINGTON — By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate today approved a compact between the Great Lakes states — including Michigan — which would put into place rules to block any major diversion of water from the Great Lakes.

The compact between the eight states — which requires Congress’ ratification — now goes before the House, but that will have to wait until members return from their August recess, which began today.

President George W. Bush has already signaled his readiness to sign the compact.

GM loses $15.5B as industry sales dive
Restructuring write-offs mount, core auto units struggle

Robert Snell / The Detroit News

General Motors Corp.’s $15.5 billion second-quarter loss, loaded with costs from restructuring and labor woes, overshadowed mounting problems with its core automotive operations and new headaches overseas.

GM wrote a $9.1 billion check to pay mostly for restructuring and strikes earlier this year. But it won’t be as easy overcoming mixed financial results stretching from Europe to Asia, analysts said, or widening losses in North America, where GM took a $4.4 billion hit.

The automaker’s third-worst quarterly performance in its 100-year history includes a $6.3-billion loss from continuing operations, fresh evidence that record oil prices, credit concerns and slumping consumer confidence are a trifecta of trouble complicating any GM comeback at home.

What If Iraq Works?

By Victor Davis Hanson

There is a growing confidence among officers, diplomats and politicians that a constitutional Iraq is going to make it. We don’t hear much anymore of trisecting the country, much less pulling all American troops out in defeat.

Critics of the war now argue that a victory in Iraq was not worth the costs, not that victory was always impossible. The worst terrorist leaders, like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Muqtada al-Sadr, are either dead or in hiding.

The 2007 surge, the Anbar Awakening of tribal sheiks against al-Qaida, the change to counterinsurgency tactics, the vast increase in the size and competence of the Iraqi Security Forces, the sheer number of enemy jihadists killed between 2003-8, the unexpected political savvy of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the magnetic leadership of Gen. David Petraeus have all contributed to a radically improved Iraq.