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GOP hands out speaking awards

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-GA, discusses stem cell research during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7, 2007. The Republicans say they have enough votes to sustain a Presidential veto of a bill recently passed by Congress that funds embryonic stem cell research. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-GA, discusses stem cell research during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7, 2007. The Republicans say they have enough votes to sustain a Presidential veto of a bill recently passed by Congress that funds embryonic stem cell research. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) | License Photo

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Seven Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have received commemorative oil cans for expending the most CO2 on the subject of energy.

The oil cans are the latest in a series of awards handed out by the House GOP caucus to encourage members to take to the floor and express their views, Politico, a Washington publication, reported Wednesday.

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"I've never won an oil can before," said Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Ga., "We'll continue to work hard and maybe one day win a barrel."

"My parents will be very proud," Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who also received an award, said to Politico.

Other winners were Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana, Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio and Rep. John E. Peterson of Pennsylvania.

A spokesman for Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., who runs the Democratic floor operation, told Politico his party doesn't have to hand out awards to get members to speak.

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