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Rep. Louie Gohmert Speaks Out On House Standoff

The pain at the pump is why more than a dozen house Republicans continue to speak on the house floor, even though Congress is in recess.

Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned the lights out on representatives who were waiting to speak, without taking a vote on a new energy policy.

East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert was one of the congressmen demanding the House come back to session.

KLTV 7's Molly Reuter spoke with Congressman Gohmert this afternoon via satellite.

So far there's been no word from Speaker Pelosi. Rep. Louie Gohmert was one of the congressmen demanding the House come back to session.  

Every day this week Congressman Gohmert and about 20 other Republicans have been going to the house floor demanding Congress come back and do something about the energy crisis.

Gohmert told us this afternoon that people from all over the country, even tourists, have been going to the House chambers listening to and applauding what they have to say.

Gohmert says this sign pretty much sums it up.

The lawmakers want Pelosi to bring the House back into session for a debate and vote on a new energy policy, which includes things like off-shore drilling, and renewable and alternative energy sources.

Gohmert told us today he's excited to be a part of something that's never been done before.

"Some say it's called a political stunt, but it's a terrible place for a stunt. We are on the House floor because that's where the microphones were turned off prematurely, that's where the CSPAN cameras were turned off, so we were not allowed to speak for our constituents.

"Until she allows the vote on this, she's funding both sides on the world on terror and that needs to stop," said Rep. Gohmert today.

Gohmert plans to stay in Washington as long as he has to. And, as we mentioned earlier this week, east Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling was also in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.

He told us today that he plans on going back to Washington next week.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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