Rep. McCotter: Bush Threw House GOP Under the Bus on Drilling

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) slammed President Bush for failing to call Congress back into session so House Republicans could get a vote on lifting the ban on domestic offshore oil drilling.

McCotter criticized the president in a blog post entitled, "House GOP Fights on Alone for American Energy Security - Bush Throws Them under the Bone-Dry Bus on Way to Beijing Games."

McCotter has been part of the House Republican protest this week that has called on Democrats to end the August recess and debate whether to allow more domestic drilling, which Republicans have argued could help lower gas prices.

The blog post was particularly harsh on Bush's decision to attend the Beijing Olympics.

"On his part, perhaps our Compassionate Conservative-in-Chief will bring our absent Democrat Congress some 'Made in (communist) China' souvenir t-shirts: 'Bush went to Beijing and all I got was this lousy five week, paid vacation,'" McCotter wrote. "Bon Voyage, Mr. Bush! House Republicans will fight on for America!"