Boehner Touts Energy Protest in Convention Speech

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) used his speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday evening to tout the month-long energy protest that House Republicans have waged during the August recess.

"When Nancy Pelosi sent Congress home last month without an energy vote Republicans refused to leave," Boehner said. "Congressman Thad McCotter (R) of Michigan is back in the nation's Capitol as I speak leading a group of our colleagues who are continuing our... protest in the House."

Republicans began their protest last month to express their frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for adjourning Congress without taking up comprehensive energy legislation. They have continued speaking to tourists in a near empty House chamber throughout the Democratic and Republican conventions. Over 120 members of the House Republican conference returned to Washington take part in the demonstration.

-Jackie Kucinich

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