U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo joined a GOP protest today, staying on the House floor and speaking after Democrats refused to allow a vote on a bill pertaining to offshore drilling.
The Democrats reportedly shut off the chamber’s lights, leaving the GOP members in the dark. But the Republicans continued speaking, while inviting members of the public into the chamber to witness the unusual display. .
Manzullo said he hoped the GOP protest would help force Democrats to allow a vote.
“It’s reached such a boiling point that Americans are so starving for any type of legislation that will bring about a decrease in oil prices,” he said. “They obviously talk to us, and we’ve been frustrated because we can’t get a vote in order to start some offshore drilling.”
Manzullo said Democrats who control the chamber should be ashamed of themselves for attempting to shut down the chamber.
RRStar -- Audio of Manzullo At link
Rep. Donald Manzullo also delivered a passionate speech, saying today was his late father's birthday.Politico -- The Crypt
After relating how his father, an Italian immigrant, came to live in Illinois and own a little grocery store, Manzullo brought the crowd to its feet with this line: "The people of this country are rising up and saying, 'We want our country back!'"
Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), not normally known as an distinguished orator, just gave a rousing speech, accusing Democrats of stifling dissent. He referenced President John Quincy Adams, who returned as a House member after being defeated in his bid for re-election as president. Waving his arms and yelling, Manzullo brought the crowd (including a lot of staff shipped in by GOP leaders to fill up the place), and he left the floor to hugs from his colleagues. You don't see that up here every day.American Thinker Blog