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Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) offered a resolution to pledge that the House will not consider major legislation after Election Day until the new Congress is sworn-in. The resolution condemned the reported Democrat plans to hold a lame duck session after Election Day to pass a series of unpopular pieces of legislation. According to Chairman Price,
Americans are sick and tired of their elected leaders making backroom deals to ram through unpopular, 2000-page bills that no one has read. They are sick of out-of-touch politicians, and they are tired of being ignored. A number of Democrats, including members of their leadership, have recently expressed a desire to ignore the public will and use a lame duck session to pass liberal legislation Americans do not want. Today I gave my Democrat colleagues an opportunity to show they are finally ready to listen to the American people.
Our system of government rests upon the consent of the governed, but it is quite clear that Democrats no longer have Americans’ consent. The public’s trust in this Congress has been repeatedly broken. Voting for a national energy tax and other items on the liberal wish list in a lame duck session would shatter it beyond repair. Republicans are fully prepared to do what is necessary to restore Americans’ trust in their elected representatives. We know it will be a long road, but it is one well worth traveling.
The text of the resolution is available here.
Sign the No Lame Duck petition to stop Congress from using a lame duck session to pass power-grabbing legislation against the will of the American people!