As Dems Convene, House GOP Still Waits for Pelosi's Return

Even with Congress out of session, Democrats holding their convention in Denver and John McCain on the campaign trail, House Republicans are still holding their weekday protests for a vote on domestic oil drilling.

Seven GOP House members held a news conference at the Capitol Tuesday before taking the House floor, as they have done every weekday since Congress went into recess during the first week of August.

At the conference, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) again knocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for failing to call a special session to consider lifting the ban on domestic offshore drilling, which Republicans have argued would help lower oil prices.

"Last night, in a hyper-partisan speech, the speaker of the House in Denver did not mention increasing supply of gasoline, answering the number-one question of the American people," Price said. "We are here on the 18th day of this speak-in, America's town hall, to address and challenge the speaker and demand of the speaker that she call the House of Representatives back in so that we can have an up-or-down vote."

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said that he believes a majority of House members would support a debate on drilling. He suggested that the protests on the House floor will go on through the conventions of both parties and beyond.

"That's why we insist, as party conventions are underway in Denver, as our own party convention is preparing to be underway, we're prepared to be here," he said. "We're on the Hill. We call on Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Bring this Congress back."