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Pence to Return to Capitol Monday to Demand a Vote on Domestic Drilling

Congressman To Challenge the Democrat Leadership "Bring this Congress back and give the American people a vote to lessen our dependence on foreign oil"


Contact: Matt Lloyd, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, press office, 202-226-4379


WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 /Standard Newswire/ -- Following adoption of an adjournment resolution last Friday, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) and other House Republicans took to the House floor to protest the fact that Congress was taking a five-week vacation without taking a vote on a comprehensive energy bill. House Republicans will continue that protest when the Capitol opens its doors on Monday. Pence issued the following statement today:

"The American people are hurting from the high price of gasoline and I commend Minority Leader John Boehner, Minority Whip Roy Blunt and all the Republicans in Congress who took to the House floor last week to fight for a vote on an energy bill that includes more domestic supply.

"It was simply wrong for Congress to take a five-week paid vacation without ever taking a vote on giving the American people more access to American oil.

"I look forward to joining our leaders and my fellow Republicans returning to Congress this week. This is not a revolt, this is democracy in action. The American people want Congress to address the new energy crisis with comprehensive reform that includes more domestic drilling.

"The American people will see that House Republicans are going to continue to challenge the Democrat leadership to bring this Congress back and give the American people a vote to lessen our dependence on foreign oil."