While I've been somewhat critical at times of local Congress critter Lee Terry (on earmarks in particular) he has shown some guts on pending (and hopelessly entangled) energy legislation and issues. From the Congressional record, a partial list of the 106 House members signing the latest in a series of discharge petitions which would force a vote on opening the Outer Continental Shelf to energy exploration and potential production. A House majority of 218 would be required to force the vote over the objections of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (aka, the Wicked Witch of the West) of California.
I'll also note my guy Adrian Smith (I was a contributor to his campaign after noting he was being supported by the Club for Growth) was also quickly on board.
No Jeff Fortenberry (Mom's Congress critter) sightings yet, I may have to turn up the heat, although siccing Mom on the poor slob is a pretty mean thing to do to a guy on a five week vacation.
via the CR (HT to Amanda Carpenter at Townhall):
"Motion to Discharge a Committee from the Consideration of a resolution
July 30, 2008
To the Clerk of the House of Representatives:
Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Jon C. Porter, move to discharge the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on Science and Technology, and the Committee on the Judiciary from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 6108) entitled, a bill to provide for exploration, development, and production activities for mineral resources on the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes; which was referred to said committees on May 21, 2008, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures, to wit:
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
1. Jon C. Porter Nevada 03
2. Lee Terry Nebraska 02
3. Bob Goodlatte Virginia 06
4. Dennis R. Rehberg Montana 00
5. Robert E. Latta Ohio 05
6. John Shimkus Illinois 19
7. Marsha Blackburn Tennessee 07
8. John T. Doolittle California 04
9. Phil Gingrey Georgia 11
10. David Davis Tennessee 01
11. Michael T. McCaul Texas 10
12. Peter Hoekstra Michigan 02
13. Bill Sali Idaho 01
14. Mark E. Souder Indiana 03
15. Robert J. Wittman Virginia 01
16. Sue Wilkins Myrick North Carolina 09
17. Roy Blunt Missouri 07
18. Michael K. Simpson Idaho 02
19. Geoff Davis Kentucky 04
20. Mike Pence Indiana 06
21. Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon California 25
22. Darrell E. Issa California 49
23. George Radanovich California 19
24. Dana Rohrabacher California 46
25. Don Young Alaska 00
26. Thaddeus G. McCotter Michigan 11
27. Adrian Smith Nebraska 03 "
These discharge petitions have gathered as many as 153 signatures so far, do what you can to raise the temperature on your own critter. There would be nothign nicer that I could think of than to give Mrs. Pelosi a nice welcome home gift when she returns to the District.