October 8, 2005


In Raucous House Vote, G.O.P. Oil Refinery Bill Squeaks By (CARL HULSE, 10/08/05, NY Times)

It took more than 40 raucous minutes of pleading and cajoling, bargaining and begging on Friday. But House Republican leaders managed to squeeze through an oil refinery bill in a tumultuous floor vote that severely tested a leadership team rocked by the indictment of Representative Tom DeLay, Republican of Texas.

After teetering on the verge of an embarrassing defeat, desperate party leaders managed to persuade enough of their members to switch positions to win narrow 212-to-210 approval of a measure that its backers said would expedite refinery construction and crack down on price gouging.

"House Republicans have taken the lead in providing America with price stability and a bold plan for this nation's energy future," said Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who along with Mr. DeLay and other senior lawmakers buttonholed and browbeat resistant Republicans as the clock ticked on the vote. [...]

Democrats said that the Republicans succeeded in forcing some of their lawmakers to take a tough vote for a bill that they really opposed while showing that Mr. DeLay remained a potent force in the leadership.

They just keep winning....

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2005 10:23 AM

For any lefties who watched the action on CSPAN, it had to throw them into a rage to see that the Republicans had lost the vote, that the leadership extended the voting time, and that Tom DeLay was prominently on the floor working the members until he could get enough votes switched.

Posted by: kevin whited at October 8, 2005 11:21 AM

What reakky irked the Dems more than the loss of the vote is their realization that they have NOT stymied The Hammer. He nailed them again!

Posted by: obc at October 8, 2005 11:37 AM

You can't spend a month screaming about Katrina and Rita, the lack of safer refining capacity away from the Gulf Coast and high gas prices and then start screaming about Republican tactics on a bill to build more refineries and expect the bulk of the general public to give a damn. For all the bad things people may have heard or think about Tom DeLay, they're not going to get mad at him for his tactics in getting a bill passed to increase refining capacity with gasoline at $2.90 a gallon, no matter how much the Democrats scream, and they probably wouldn't mind DeLay working to pass an ANWR bill at their point in time, either.

Posted by: John at October 8, 2005 11:51 AM

If the bill passed by only two votes in the House, what chance does it have in the Senate?

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 8, 2005 12:16 PM

That's the beauty of controlling the House--the Senate passes a slightly different bill but then the conference committee puts in the conservative measures anyway.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 2:01 PM


You have to love their insistence that polls in St. Louis stay open for extra hours in a poresidential race but that a vote on legislation has to be completed in a set time or democracy is over.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 2:11 PM

Agree with the above. The Dems (and NYT but I repeat myself) are in loony tune land if they think pointing out that the GOP is fighting to increase refineries when gas is $3 gallon is going to hurt the GOP. And yes Delay keeps winning.

Unfortunately the Senate won't follow along. And OJ even if the Senate does pass something do you think the squishy 10 GOP senators will vote for the final bill?

Posted by: AWW at October 8, 2005 6:20 PM

They always get rolled on the conference report.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 6:27 PM

Crack down on price gouging?? Where have we heard that before, OJ? Price controls, windfall profits taxes. Remember the 70s? The parallels continue to manifest themselves.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at October 8, 2005 8:35 PM

It's the GOP--they aren't serious about gouging.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 8:39 PM

The problem with C-SPAN is that you get to see up close all the snouts, tails and other parts that go into the sausage. And let's face it, most vegetarians are that way because of the "yuck" factor.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 9, 2005 1:30 PM