The White House has rejected calls from House Republicans that it convene a special session of Congress on energy, saying it wouldn’t make a difference.
“We don’t have plans to call Congress into session — it won’t make a difference if Democratic leaders are unwilling to bring up a bill for an up-down vote,” said White House spokesman Tony Fratto.
This is why it’s right that the White House doesn’t call a special session:
House aides said that while the president can declare that Congress must sit for an emergency session, he cannot set the agenda – only the leadership of the majority party can do that.
And Nancy’s simply not going to do that.
Allahpundit explains it:
Even if the White House could set the agenda, getting them involved accomplishes two things: It puts Bush’s dirty fingerprints on an issue that’s otherwise golden for the GOP — so golden that MoveOn admits they’re losing this debate — and it lets the Democrats play the victim by complaining about executive overreach. Which makes me think Pence’s and Hensarling’s letter was simply pro forma, a way to show the public how urgent they think the situation is. Besides, congressional Republicans need good press before the election even more desperately than McCain does; anything that can be done (or rather, not done) to leave them alone in the spotlight is worth (not) doing.
And let the ones who turned off the lights bear the blame… while trying to get her book sold.
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