Looks like Sens. Cornyn (R-TX) and DeMint (R-SC) will be with us today.
Sen. Cornyn (NAM Vote Rating: 100%) has arrived. On “the news of the day”, Congress is trying to wrap up its business: Patriot Act, NSA wiretapping issues. Once business is done we’ll “do America a a favor and leave town and our poll numbers will probably go up….”
On ANWR, it’s in a critical procedural posture. It’s been added to the DOD Appropriations bill. There are some technical arguments regarding Senate Rule 28 which would prohibit its attachment to an appropriations bill but that can be waived by the Senate, but I presume Sen. Stevens has the votes.
Sen. DeMint (NAM Vote Rating: 88%): “Democrats don’t have any ideas of their own, don’t want to show America that we have solutions. They’re trying to block solutions and then blame Republicans when it doesn’t get done. They’re doing that on energy.”
When we leave here the end of the week, we’re going to have to convince people that we are trying got lead and the Democrats are trying to block and blame.
Sen. DeMint on ANWR: There are a couple of Republicans who are undecided. They need to hear from their constituents.
“It is inexcusable to deny the domestic exploration of oil. We generate electricity with natural gas because we don’t have nuclear, stopped years ago. You can’t be competitive in this country in manufacturing when you’re paying these kinds of energy prices. Hopefully folks back home are calling their senators. ANWR…is about being competitive as a nation, secure as a nation and whether we’re going to be energy independent. If we can’t pass ANWR, America’s in a heap of trouble, because that’s the low-hanging fruit.”
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