Boehner to Dems: 'Put up or shut up'

House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Bottom line Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future 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 BoehnerWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Bottom line Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future 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 FosterFormer Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify Overnight Defense: Army now willing to rename bases named after Confederates | Dems demand answers on 'unfathomable' nuke testing discussions | Pentagon confirms death of north African al Qaeda leader Top Democrats demand answers on Trump administration's 'unfathomable' consideration of nuclear testing 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 MurphyDemocrats try to force Trump to boost medical supplies production Overnight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure MORE (Conn.),  Patrick Murphy (Pa.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), Zack Space (Ohio), Tim Walz (Minn.) and John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthGOP, White House struggle to unite behind COVID-19 relief House seeks ways to honor John Lewis Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push 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.