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Boehner Launches House-Style Filibuster on Climate Bill

Updated 6:57 p.m.
By Paul Kane
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) today launched the equivalent of a filibuster of landmark climate-change legislation, using special unlimited speaking privileges granted only to party leaders to speak for more than an hour.

Boehner, leading opposition to the bill, was slated to be the second-to-last lawmaker to talk, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) waiting in the wings to conclude a debate that had already been going on for more than five hours.

"The gentleman's had 30 years to put this bill together," Boehner snapped at Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the author of the legislation, when Waxman asked the GOP leader how long he intended to speak.

Boehner's actions signaled that Republicans doubted they had the votes to defeat the measure, for which President Obama and Pelosi had been furiously lobbying wavering Democrats all day long. Obama called at least 10 Democrats today, according to leaders.

Under House custom, the minority and majority leaders, along with the speaker, are given unlimited time to speak on the floor. Usually they conclude debate for their parties, sometimes taking up to 10 minutes or so in speeches usually written in advance.

However, by 6:15 p.m., Boehner had surpassed 40 minutes in his speech. Republicans objected to a 309-page amendment added into the legislation at 3 a.m., saying substantial changes were made to the bill literally in the dark of night. So Boehner read long portions of the amendment into the Congressional Record. Aides said it was unclear how long he would speak.

"This is the House equivalent of the filibuster in the Senate. We expect it may take a while, but Members of Congress, and -- more importantly -- the American people have a right know what the House is voting on," Boehner's office said in a memo issued to reporters.

More than hour after he started speaking, Boehner concluded, shortly after 6:30 p.m., to a standing ovation from his GOP colleagues.

Despite objections from Democrats, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) ruled that Boehner's speech was "customary".

Tauscher, in her last day in the House before becoming the undersecretary of State for arms control, is the presiding officer in charge of issuing rulings.

Not only will her vote tonight be her last in office, Tauscher gets married tomorrow.

Confident they will now win the vote, Democratic aides said the net effect of Boehner's speech was to delay Tauscher's departure for her rehearsal dinner.

The House has now begun the series of three votes on the bill, the last of which is final passage.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 26, 2009; 6:25 PM ET
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Comments

Good ol' Boehner.

Posted by: NoWeCant | June 26, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Boehner lost. America won.

Posted by: davidscott1 | June 26, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

boner will do anything to try to stay in the spotlight, even if it something as dispicable as condemning the earth to catastrophy. A little posturing here, a little inane grandstanding there, and he thinks that he is relevant. Just so long as his idiocy gets him an interview on the heinity show or an invite from the addict of the molesdting rageaholic he is fine.

Posted by: John1263 | June 26, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Um, last time I checked, Nancy Pelosi is indeed from California, but she's a D, not an R. Great editing, WaPo...

Posted by: ehc20 | June 26, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If Boehner wants to make a fool out of himself and reinforce the image of the GOP as the obstructionist party of no, that's his prerogative.

Posted by: mbmclaughlin | June 26, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Another multi-trillion dollar bill that nobody, especially the sponsoring Democrats, have read.

Cap and Trade is simple corporate welfare. It will tax average Americans to create a massive pool of money up for grabs by those with the most lobbyists.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 26, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

No one read the bill. They voted on junk. Who are the winners? the thieves on Wall Street who get to trade our emissions.

Democrat ENRONIZING our country. They know it will cost the taxpayer and jobs, they don't care.

THE AFL-CIO sold out. It is not a union, but an unemployment agency.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 26, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Once again the rethugs have learned that elections have consequences. Get used to it thugs...much more is coming. Congrats to the supporters of the environment and the TRUE Americans!!!!

Posted by: Flabergasted | June 26, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Odd how the Washington Post doesn't report on the bribery that went on both on CSPAN and off camera.

Remember when these things bothered the idiots at the Washington Post -- it was when republicans were in charge.

The Washington Post gets an exemption from the plastic bag tax that every lower and middle class shopper in the Washington DC has to pay. The Washington Post -- cap-and-trade for thee, but not for me.

This might actually get the dems voted out of office. Does anyone think utility bills will go down in one year? Who do you think they are going to blame?

Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman. They gave our tax dollars to plant trees in Brazil, while China and India get all the green, black, and gold jobs.

Does anyone think people will build stuff in the US anymore with all the democrats BS?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 26, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

When the minority party is emasculated, the majority becomes a rubber stamp, regardless how the constituents feel about a new energy tax back home.

This is a tax on the middle class. When the President was campaigning last fall, he promised there would be no new taxes on the middle class. Promises were made to be broken.

Posted by: alance | June 26, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Republicans never miss an opportunity to show how bloody despicable they are

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 26, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

CRISFOX8 you just do not comprehend what just happened. you political groupies just cost a lot of americans their jobs,and means to feed their familys. crap and tax, will cost ALL americans,over a hundred dollars a month. the largest tax increase in the history of this country.
waxman,and every other piece of crap politician who voted for this is a traitor to not only the people,but the country. republicans,and democrates alike,all over america,the once so great united states,should be apalled that these people are so easy for al gore,and general electric to pay off.
we would have been better off at this point,if the boston tea party had never taken place.

Posted by: silusdogood | June 27, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

We've been had! By artificially inflating the cost of all energy will not help anything except to put more of our money in the hands of the wastful federal government.Did you know this bill originally was even going to penalize farmers for their cows emiting gas? We are giving up all our freedoms. Every aspect of your life is going to be managed for you if this crazyness isn't stopped. Ben Had

Posted by: dmpeters1953 | June 27, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

All of the Congressional representatives that voted for this pile and the bail-out bill without even reading it need to be impeach. They have breached their fiduciary duty to their constituents. They are now saying this will not have an impact in 2010. It shows how delusional they are. These Buzzards will be shown the door in 2010.

2010 change Congress can count on.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | June 27, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Here is a list of the Republicans that voted for this pile:
Mary Bono Mack R (CA)
Mike Castle R (DW)
Mark Steven Kirk R (IL)
Leonard Lance R (NJ)
Frank LoBiondo R (NJ)
John McHugh R (NY)
Dave Reichert R (WA)
Chris Smith R (NJ)

If you live in these idiots district contact them and let them know they will not have your vote in 2010.
http://www.capandtr8tors.com/

This site also contains a cite to a list of all of these idiots that rubber stamped another bill without reading it.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | June 27, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

MR BOEHNER IS A TRUE PATRIOT AND AMERICAN. MR WAXMAN AND PELOSI ARE TRUE EXAMPLES OF BACK DOOR DEALS AND ACTS AGAINST THE PEOPLE DONT WANT. I WILL PROPOSE A MONUMENT IN WASH DC TO BE ERECTED WITH ALL THE TRAITORS NAMES THAT VOTED FOR THIS BILL THAT WILL RAISE TAXES ON THE POOR THE ELDERLY DURING A RECESSION/DEPRESSION. CHINA HAS MORE POLLUTION AND GROWING THAN THE USA AND WILL NOT CHANGE THIS LAW BILL IS A SCAM FOR TAXES THIS SELLS OUT TAXPAYERS TO A TUNE OF UP TO $1,870 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR AND THE USA LOSES 1,250,000 JOBS FROM THE SWITCHOVER THE GAINS ARE FALSE #S BY OBAMA
OBAMA HAS LIED ON EVERY ISSUE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HE TELLS THEM WHAT IS UP FRONT BUT NOT WHAT THE BACKSIDE AND WHOLE STORY IS...HE IS A LAME DUCK PRESIDENT THE PEOPLES VOICE WILL BE HEARD THE TRAITORS MEMORIAL WILL BE BUILT AND THE NAMES OF THE TRAITORS WILL BE IN VIEW...I SPEAK AS AN AMERICAN NOT REPUB OR DEM...WHO BELIEVES MY CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS OF REPRESENTATION HAVE BEEN TROUNCED AND STEPPED ON...BY THE DEMOCRATS AND PELOSI WAXMAN AND OBAMA. ITS NOT OVER TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS FOLKS...SO SHE HASNT SUNG HER SONG YET....
US ARMY RETIRED HARD

Posted by: USArmyretiredhard | June 28, 2009 6:25 AM | Report abuse

The US deficit has increased four fold since President Obama's election. Social Security and Medicaid are going bankrupt. Yet President Obama claims that he wants to prevent more "bubbles" from re occurring in the US economy. What about the doomsday deficit bubble that is occurring right now in the Federal Government that is about to set off a nuclear bomb in the US economy. If President Obama and the Dems get their way and push through cap and trade and the health care bills the deficit bubble will burst right in our face and bring about the the biggest downturn in the US economy since the Great Depression. In fact it will make the Great Depression look like a cake walk. If Obama is serious about preventing more "bubbles" going off in the US economy he will veto any bills that further increase an already unsustainable deficit and set off the biggest "bubble" explosion in US history.

Posted by: dhobi2361 | June 28, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama claimed that the average American would not bear the brunt of this historic tax-increase: he stated that instead ““It is paid for by the polluters who currently emit dangerous carbon emissions.”

Just compare this outrageous falsehood to Ronald Reagans’ famous quote:

“The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us.

Business doesn’t pay taxes, and who better than business to make this message known? Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business.”

And after the way the rammed this through the House with little debate, without legislators even reading it… and while quarantining the GOP from any meaningful input whatsoever, any foolhardy individuals who still believe Obama’s threadbare “bipartisanship” spiel ought to have their head examined.

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | June 28, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Since at least some businesses pay taxes on profits, at least some business pay taxes. It is true that property taxes, payroll taxes, and inventory taxes are passed on to customers, it is rather difficult to figure out how you pass on corporate profits taxes.

Carbon taxes will most certainly be passed on to the consumer, but that gives the consumer incentives to buy where his carbon cost is lowest, thereby pushing down the corporate incentive to pollute. D,P, & L will have every incentive to buy the overall lowest priced energy it can, including buying into proposed modern generation nukes at Portsmouth Ohio. AEP will have every incentive to replace that H2S belching monstrosity on the Muskingum with cleaner burning somethings, PROBABLY coal based and probably on the Muskingum because it is still location, location, location. AEP might also shift the prime generators up into Hannah coal lands and use the Muskingum as its source of coolant water. Regardless, consumer pressure works to bring down the carbon, and in that case, H2S emissions in the lower Muskingum river valley.

Enough with the excuses, let's see corporate America put as much effort into reducing carbon footprint as it has opposing having to do so.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 28, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Boehner lost but so did Americans. Boehner is a true patriot. When the cost of living increases because of this obsurd legislation, the criminals, Pelosi, Obama and Waxman will blame it on Bush. This is more of the same underhanded socialist leadership we will be facing for four years. I assume the hollywood crowd and the wiggers will be happy when America crumbles because of these liberal maniacs. Russians found out what the Obama kind of change is like. They didn't like it after it was too late. Wake up Americans and work together to win our country back from this radical Marxist regime.

Posted by: vmmagilke | June 29, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is worth his weight in doggy doo doo.

Posted by: owens1 | June 29, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic House should be proud of themselves. The party and the President campaigned on no taxes for those making under $250,000 and everything they have done since taking office has been to reject this campaign promise. This legislation, if passed by the Senate, will be to make all of the middle class poor. The only rich people will be Wall Streeters and politicians. Who will pay for government with future taxes, the poor.

Posted by: gerrypooh | June 29, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

No one read the bill. They voted on junk. Who are the winners? the thieves on Wall Street who get to trade our emissions.

Democrat ENRONIZING our country. They know it will cost the taxpayer and jobs, they don't care.

THE AFL-CIO sold out. It is not a union, but an unemployment agency.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 26, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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I get so damn tired of you Retards, er, Republicans screaming about not having had time to read bills before they are voted on.

Perhaps if your party wasn't so enthusiastic about cutting education every time they decide to become fiscally responsible, may be you'd have some representatives that COULD read.

Besides, if this bozo didn't read it, what the hell was he talking about for an hour ? Was he explaining why their version of a budget didn't have any numbers ? Was that because, since they can't read, it's pretty much a stretch to expect them to understand math ?

What a bunch of morons your party is. I can see how people like Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Sessions and the rest of the scum have floated to the top of the pond.

Posted by: dennissuper | June 29, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

AS A OLD MAN WHO VOTED REPUBLICAN MOST OF THE TIME.THIS OLDMAN SAYS[WHERE WAS BOEHNER WHEN THE SUSTEM NEEDED ATTENTION????NOW THAT IT NEEDS TO BE REBUILT HE BECOMES A ROCK IN THE ROAD. PUT HIM IN THE ROCK CRUSHER AND GET THE JOB DONE.AS A FARMER WE CAN DO MUCH TO LOWER FUEL AND PLANT GREENTS ----PLANTS---- ARE THE ANSWER TO CARBON DIOXCIDE. EVERYBODY CAN HELP WITH LITTLE COST

Posted by: theoldmansays | June 29, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

There are so many STUPID and IDIOTIC PEOPLE that do not UNDERSTAND. That WE have cause this PROBLEM for over several years. Yes this Bill will cause some TAX increase. But not like so many People are talk about. You should read the Bill before you open YOUR BIG MOUTH and YOU GOT TO KNOW HOW TO DO SOME MATH TOO. But that right the PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT are always correct in what they do or is it. There is some help for Corp. America in this Bill. But not like what the RIGHT is tried to paint out there as Corporate Welfare and Job lost to other Country's. That is FEAR FACTOR the GOP along with the FAR RIGHT are famous for the LAST (8) EIGHT YEARS. SO PLEASE READ THE BILL BEFORE INSERTED FOOT IN MOUTH.

Posted by: gjhardtimes | June 29, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are not going to be for anything that our President and the Democratic Party wants. If it will be for our benefit and to improve our lives and keep the country livable for the future. Why would anyone want republican obstructionists to keep America from being alive and livable for years to come. How hateful and spiteful do these republicans have to be before people turn on them for hateful and evil policies instead of trying to work together for a better country.

Posted by: equalon | June 29, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

boehner and his republican party should stop being the party of no no.we the people know they going to say no on everything the democrat do. republicans you cannot win like that. we remember we were not happy with your party and we are still not happy with the republicans party

Posted by: charlesv28 | June 30, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I have decided that anyone that is for this bill do not realize that they are going to be taxed, big companies that have an increase in taxes does not swallow the cost, they pass it on to the consumers (us)(taxpayers). I will not stop there, the idea is to get away from foreign dependency on oil, that is the furtherest thing it will do, not only will we be buying more oil, the oil refineries here in America will shut down and people will lose their jobs (like we need more job loss). Wake up America whether you are Republican or Democratic, President Obama's economics are not good for America, it is only good for other countries. We do not need to add to the deficit we need to fix it.

Posted by: sandysfromGA | June 30, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

WOW, Boehner can speak for a whole hour ? I guess He really is earning His Pay. And good for Him for being angry at the Democratic Party in the Senate. I mean They are trying to Legislate How Energy Company's can Pollute, while Our Planet is Crashing and Burning. Good on You Boner !

Posted by: mcfarlan_k | June 30, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | June 30, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

it amuses me that republicans still think they have anything resembling a significant percentage of citizens who want more of the same policies. obama would have mopped the floor up had he not had hillary to war against and the fact that he is african american in a country that still has huge issues with blacks. boehner, you just keep howling at the moon, you'll cash in soon enough and go to work for one of your big corp lobbyist firms soon enough.

Posted by: dave86 | June 30, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

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