Even though the U.S. House of Representatives is not officially in session, some Republicans have stayed in Washington as a protest.
The GOP congressmen want House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, to allow the House to discuss and then have an up-or-down vote on a comprehensive energy policy that includes offshore oil drilling.
They say an energy policy to reduce gas prices and reliance on foreign oil are the number one issues across the country.
Cong. Chip Pickering of Mississippi's third congressional district was part of the initial call for a vote, but has since returned to Mississippi.
Minority Whip Roy Blunt said the GOP House leaders have signed a letter to be sent to every member of the Democratic caucus, asking them to support the return.