Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to Join House GOP’s Nationwide Protest on American Energy Wednesday
Washington, Aug 5 -
House Republican leaders confirmed today that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) will join House Republicans’ ongoing national protest over the decision by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to adjourn the House without a vote on legislation to lower gas prices and increase American energy production. The former Speaker will join House Republicans in the Capitol on Wednesday morning to deliver a message of on behalf of the 1.4 million Americans who have signed a petition demanding that Congress increase American energy production.
“In the House chamber and across the nation this week, House Republicans are standing united with the American people in protest of Speaker Pelosi’s decision to send Congress home for five weeks without a vote on increased American energy,” said Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH). “More than 1.4 million Americans have signed a petition demanding that Congress pass legislation to lower gas prices and increase production of American-made energy. Tomorrow, former Speaker Newt Gingrich will join House Republicans in the Capitol to present a message on behalf of these Americans and their families as our nationwide protest continues, joining [Reps.] Mike Pence of Indiana, Tom Price of Georgia, and others who have courageously led this GOP uprising on the House floor. Newt’s presence and support will further energize this unprecedented nationwide effort as we continue to call for Congress to give the American people a vote on increased American energy.”
“Millions of Americans have been forced to permanently suspend their vacation plans this summer thanks to the prohibitive cost of fuel. All we’re asking is that Democrats temporarily suspend theirs so we can finally have the debate on energy the American people expect and are frankly shocked we haven’t had,” said Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO). “Having former Speaker Gingrich lend his time and support to this campaign represents a tremendous boon to that effort. It also provides a stark contrast to the ‘lock-it-away’ position on American energy the current Speaker of the House continues to advocate -- even as our dependence on Middle East oil grows more dangerous and severe by the day.”
“American families are crying out for relief at the pump, and Democrats have adjourned the House for a five-week recess,” Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (R-FL) said. “Tomorrow we will welcome Speaker Gingrich to help continue this unprecedented, coast-to-coast effort to shine a spotlight on the Democratic Congress’s failure to hold an up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act. This legislation does it all, and to solve America’s energy crisis, that’s exactly what we need to be doing. The American people support House Republicans’ ‘all-of-the-above’ energy solutions in overwhelming numbers. Speaker Pelosi needs to call Congress back from its five-week recess and hold the up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act and let the will of the House prevail.”