Will Democrats Pledge No Lame Duck?
Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after Speaker Pelosi announced the House of Representatives would halt its scheduled August recess and return for legislative business next week. Prior to adjourning for recess, Chairman Price offered a privileged resolution on the floor of the House calling on Congress not to hold a lame duck session after Election Day for the purpose of passing hugely unpopular legislation like a national energy tax, enormous deficit spending bills, and the kickback to Big Labor known as “Card Check.” The House is expected to consider the Price Resolution during next week’s session.
“If the Democrat leadership is willing to bring lawmakers back to Washington in order to pass billions more in ‘stimulus’ spending with tax hikes on job creators, the least they can do is tell the American people that they will not bring lawmakers back for a lame duck session to pass additional tax increases, deficit spending, and special interest giveaways,” said Chairman Price. “This No Lame Duck resolution will allow our Democrat colleagues to make it clear whether or not they plan to govern in accordance with the will of the American people or in spite of it.
“For the past 18 months, Congressional Democrats have further eroded what little trust the American people had in Washington. Their big government agenda has shown the majority to be out-of-touch with the needs and concerns of hardworking Americans, and their policies have created a cloud of uncertainty that has kept job creators on the sidelines. I urge my Democrat colleagues to join Republicans in taking this positive step to restore some trust and confidence. Then we must begin to eliminate the uncertainty that hangs over American small businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Note: The text of the Price resolution is available here.