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8/03/08--Tyler

Congressman Louie Gohmert On House Floor Arguing Energy (Extended Interview)

Several GOP congressional members brought their energy concerns to the House floor, Friday.  The problem, the House had already adjourned for the month.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi shut the lights off on several Republican members when she decided not to hear a vote on offshore drilling.  The move sparked a protest, of sorts, when more than a dozen Republican representatives stayed behind for more than five hours, voicing their frustrations to tourists and who ever else would hear them.

Congressman Louie Gohmert was one of them.  He said when it comes to the nation's energy independence, desperate times call for extreme measures. 

"I would say you'd call it whatever the Boston Tea Party was--when people had had enough, and they stood up and said, this isn't right, and we're going to be heard on it," said Gohmert.  "You've got a speaker of the house that's preventing the voice of 75 percent of America from being heard, and that's just wrong, so we're going to keep fussing until we're heard.  Call it a revolt, or tantrum, or whatever."

Sunday, on ABC's This Week, Pelosi explained why she decided not to hold a vote. 

"What our colleagues are talking about won't have an effect for 10 years, and it will be two cents at the time," said Pelosi.  "If they want to present something as part of an energy package, we're talking about something, but to single shoot on something that won't work and mislead the American people as to thinking it's going to reduce the price at the pump, I'm just not going to be a party to it."  Rep. Louie Gohmert and other GOP members are expected to meet up again on the House floor, Monday.

Layron Livingston, Reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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