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John McCain Forgets About the Last Two Years

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or August 6, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, Senator John McCain called on Senator Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Congress back into session to deal with the energy crisis.  The misguided Presidential candidate said, "Congress should come back into session, and I'm willing to come off the campaign trail."

“What Senator McCain seems to have forgotten is that he has missed every single significant energy vote of the last two years,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “In December 2007, his was the single vote that prevented the Senate from transferring billions of dollars in tax subsidies from the oil industry to clean, renewable energy sources.   It’s nice that after nearly two years of playing hookey from his responsibilities in the Senate, John McCain has finally promised to cast a vote instead of casting about for votes.”

The last vote John McCain cast on a major energy proposal was on August 1, 2006.  Senator McCain has missed all 15 of the following significant energy votes since that day.

Roll Call #210--June 13, 2007--Oil Refineries

Roll Call #211--June 14, 2007--Undermining Renewable Electricity

Roll Call #212--June 14, 2007--Virginia Offshore Drilling

Roll Call #213--June 19, 2007--Liquid Coal

Roll Call #219--June 20, 2007--Biofuels

Roll Call #225--June 21, 2007--CAFE & Energy Efficiency Cloture

Roll Call #226--June 21, 2007--CAFE & Energy Efficiency Passage

Roll Call #416--December 7, 2007--CAFE & Clean Energy Cloture

Roll Call #425--December 13, 2007--Oil Subsidies Repeal Cloture

Roll Call #95--April 10, 2008--Ensign Amdt.

Roll Call #123—May 13, 2008--Dominici-McConnell Amdt.

Roll Call #141--June 02, 2008--Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act

Roll Call #145--June 06, 2008--Boxer Amdt

Roll Call #146--June 10, 2008--Consumer First Energy Act

Roll Call #147--June 10, 2008--Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act

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