Pence Tallies More Than 500 GOP Events in August
House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on Thursday said GOP lawmakers have held more than 500 events with their constituents over the August break and are continuing to gather ideas for their governing agenda that they will release this fall.
Pence gave few concrete details about what the Republican agenda would include, saying only that it would “speak to the issues of jobs and spending.”
Pence was joined by Republican Reps. Dan Lungren (Calif.) and John Fleming (La.) on the conference call with reporters, and both relayed what they were hearing in their Congressional districts.
Lungren, a top target of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, admitted he has been “working even harder” this election cycle than he had in previous years.
The California Republican said that in his extensive travels around his district he has “never seen so much enthusiasm” among voters for a November election result that will so substantially change how the country is governed.
On the Democratic side, Doug Thornell, a spokesman for Assistant to the Speaker Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), estimated that Democrats have held roughly 500 public events per week, but he said that the numbers would not be final until after the August break.
Pence, Lungren and Fleming all backed Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) call for the resignations of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and White House economic adviser Larry Summers.
“The economic stimulus policies have failed,” Pence said. “I want to agree very strongly that the president’s chief economic advisers should tenure their resignations.”
Boehner first called for President Barack Obama to ask for their resignations in a speech in Cleveland earlier this week.