Bachmann: Democrats Have "Written Their Own Obituary" With Energy Bill

Republicans tore into the Democrats’ sham “energy” bill yesterday at a Capitol Hill rally that drew several members of both houses, including Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

“This wasn’t a bipartisan bill, this wasn’t a compromise bill. This was a jam-it-down-your-throat bill on the part of the Democrats,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said. “I was on the floor of the house when the bill actually made it to the floor -- I was arguing at night and it came out. There was less than an hour’s notice for any Republican to even make it to the rules committee hearing. Only one made it -- Doc Hastings -- and he quickly tried to offer amendments at that rules committee hearing. They would have none of it.”

Bachmann criticized the bill for not solving America’s 70 percent energy dependence on foreign countries and the media for portraying the bill as a solution to the energy crisis. She said the bill placates environmentalist lobbyists, since it does nothing to prevent such groups from suing every oil lease awarded. Such cases often remain tied in court for years and thus prevent drilling. According to research presented by Rep. John Shadegg (R-Az), the Bush Administration issued 487 leases last February in the Chukchi Sea -- environmental lawyers challenged every one.

“For the mainstream media to be complicit and suggest in any way that this bill will increase drilling and will bring down the price of gasoline at the pump is more than just ignorance,” Bachmann said. “It’s misleading, and almost fraudulent.”

At the rally, Shadegg said Democrats' bill was intended to trick the American people by concealing its lack of litigation reform.

“Not a drop of oil will be produced under that bill, and, if the moratorium expires, it’s possible not a drop will be produced then ,” Shadegg said. “The Democrats’ allies are the trial lawyers and the environmental lawyers that have sued every single lease that’s issued by the Bush Administration in as long as anyone can remember.”