Boehner to Dems: 'Put up or shut up'

House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerIs Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R-Ohio) advised pro-drilling House Democrats to “put up or shut up” during a press conference Wednesday morning.
“Today the Republican leaders in the House are sending a letter to 22 of our Democratic colleagues [who] say they want more energy yet they continue to vote with Speaker Pelosi to block our ‘all of the above' plan,” said BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerIs Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader MORE, who joined his GOP colleagues for the second time during the now three-week-long energy protest.

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“They can’t have it both ways. Either they are for more energy and vote that way or they are not, and we are basically calling on them to put up or shut up, make sure you are saying the same thing at home that you are saying in Washington, D.C., and reminding them that actions speak louder than words.”
In the letter, House Republican leaders called on the Democrats to join them in asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to bring the House back into session to deal with the energy crisis and support the Republican American Energy Act.
“If Speaker Pelosi refuses to reconvene the House, we ask that you put your support for increased American energy in writing,” the letter said. “Sign the discharge petitions House Republicans are circulating that will force votes on energy legislation Speaker Pelosi refuses to bring to the floor.”

The letter was sent largely to freshman Democratic members, many of whom are facing tough races in the fall. Recipients include: Reps. Jason Altmire (Pa.), Nancy Boyda (Kan.), Chris Carney (Pa.), Don Cazayoux (La.), Travis Childers (Miss.), Lincoln Davis (Tenn.), Bill FosterGeorge (Bill) William FosterMass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year EPA head dodges questions about environmental action against San Francisco House Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment MORE (Ill.), Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Steve Kagen (Wis.), Paul Kanjorski (Pa.), Tim Mahoney (Fla.), Jim Marshall (Ga.), Jerry McNerney (Calif.), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), Dennis Moore (Kan.), Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyBacklash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds Administration to give 'top secret' briefing on Syria amid pushback MORE (Conn.),  Patrick Murphy (Pa.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), Zack Space (Ohio), Tim Walz (Minn.) and John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOn The Money: Trump signs stopgap spending bill | Shutdown fight delayed to November | Deutsche Bank reveals it has two individual tax returns tied to House subpoena | House Dems demand documents on Ukraine aid It's time to axe the unjust 'widow's tax' House Democrats demand White House turn over docs on Ukraine aid MORE (Ky.).

In April Boehner gave the same blunt advice to Pelosi regarding the Colombia trade deal. That bill has yet to be brought back to the House floor.