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Boehner Calls On Dems To Buck Pelosi

House Republicans can't take this energy debate anywhere without the help of a few Democrats, so they're targeting the most vulnerable Democrats out there: the freshmen.

Responding to today's Politico story suggesting that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is letting some of her freshmen in tough districts off the hook on drilling, Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has called on Democrats to sign a discharge petition that would force the speaker to bring up the Republican energy bill.

"My message to Democratic lawmakers is this: if you’re really for increased American energy production, then prove it by putting it in writing," Boehner said. "Sign the discharge petitions House Republicans are circulating that will force votes on energy legislation Speaker Pelosi refuses to bring to the floor. "

Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) and Don Cazayoux (D-La.) have both asked Democratic leaders to consider new oil drilling legislation, but Pelosi seems unwilling to allow a major energy package to move before the election.