Guthrie signs petition asking for Congress to return, challenges Boswell to do the same

Republican congressional candidate Brett Guthrie has signed an online petition asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Congress back into session to deal with an expanded oil drilling proposal and is asking his opponent to do the same.

Both Guthrie and Boswell have said they would support the expansion of oil drilling into the Outer Continental Shelf, but differ on whether Congress needs to return to Washington, D.C. to deal with the issue right now.

The U.S. House and Senate adjourned Friday for a five-week recess without taking up an expanded drilling proposal, which opponents said could cause environmental harm and advocates say will bring down oil prices.

Following a speech at the Owensboro Rotary Club on Wednesday, Guthrie said he disagreed with Boswell’s belief that the proposal can wait until Congress reconvenes in early September, and his campaign later sent out a press release issuing the specific challenge to Boswell to sign the petition.

“It can’t wait until the vacation is over,” Guthrie said. “I think it’s extremely important that Congress doesn’t go on vacation when people are having to cancel vacations because they can’t afford to drive to take their kids different places.”

When asked whether he would sign the petition, Boswell dimissed Guthrie’s challenge as a political maneuver.

“I understand the urgency of it,” Boswell said about expanded oil drilling.

Boswell said conservation efforts coupled with the continuing debate about expanded oil drilling have already helped lower oil prices. Boswell added that he believes Republicans are trying to shift the blame to Democrats for high energy prices after doing little to encourage energy independence over the last eight years under President George Bush.

“I just think that it seems somewhat poltically motivated for them to try to shift the burden of responsibility off of their own shoulders onto someone else’s,” Boswell said. “I think it’s no more than a political stunt.”

The petition at is sponsored and paid for by U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, a Republican from Richmond, Virginia who serves as chief deputy Republican whip.

Read more about Guthrie’s speech to the Rotary Club and both candidates takes on expanded oil drilling in the Messenger-Inquirer.


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