Congress Should Not Hold A Lame Duck Session

WASHINGTON, DC:

As Congress approaches the end of their second session, we conservative leaders want to emphasize the message we sent to the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader of the Senate in April of this year:  Congress should not hold a so-called “lame duck” session after this year’s elections.

Historically, lame duck sessions have been used to enact backroom deals that are neither beneficial to the American people nor representative of their will as expressed in the elections of only a few days or weeks before. Past lame duck sessions have produced, among other actions, massive tax and spending increases, pay raises for members of Congress, and ratifications of treaties that threaten U.S. sovereignty.

At a time when the American people’s trust in their government is near an all-time low, Congress should demonstrate exemplary behavior by completing its work before the November elections so that voters can judge all the legislators on the basis of the votes they have cast. Because legislators who have been defeated in an election or are retiring are no longer accountable to the voters for their votes, any actions taken which required their votes are essentially undemocratic. To that end, Congress should not pass any continuing appropriations bill that expires during the post-election period, necessitating additional action to avoid a government shutdown.

Congress must not provide President Obama with an additional opportunity to enact his agenda of progressive social engineering programs and job-killing economic policies before he leaves office. A lame duck session would be his swan song: He can be expected to leave no arm untwisted, no threat unmade, no quid un-quod, to get his dream-policies enacted, his liberal judges confirmed, and his international agreements approved. And all of it could be done without any concern for what the voters actually want. We think that’s a bad way to run a republic.

The American people want, and should have, good representation by their elected officials. The way to get good representation is by having the opportunity to hold those officials accountable. True accountability means finishing Congress’ work for the year before the November elections and not holding a lame duck session.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio 
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund 
David Bozell
President
ForAmerica 
Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee 
William L. Walton
Vice President
Council for National Policy 
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc. 
Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List 
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan 
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center 
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council 
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc. 
Diana L. Banister
President
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs 
Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council 
Gary Aldrich
Executive Committee Member
Council for National Policy 
Lee Beaman
Owner
Beaman Automotive Group 
Jim Backlin
Christian Coalition of America 
Rebecca Hagelin
Board of Directors, Family Talk
Secretary, Council for National Policy 
Kristan Hawkins
President
Students for Life of America 
Mike Spence
President
Conservative Republicans of California 
Floyd Brown
Chairman
Western Center for Journalism
Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute 
Rick Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government
Belden Bell
Co-Chair
Heritage Legacy Society 
Bob Adams
President
Revive America PAC
Elaine Donnelly
Founder and President
Center for Military Readiness 
Russell Ramsland
Founder
Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum
Robert K. Fischer 
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith 
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies 
J. Keet Lewis
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Lewis Group International
Allen Hebert
Chair
American-Chinese Fellowship 
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary 
Susan Carleson
Chairman and CEO
American Civil Rights Union
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc. 
Jim Martin
Chairman
60 Plus Association
Mathew D. Staver, Esq.
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel 
Charmaine Yoest
Senior Fellow
American Values
Gary Bauer
Former Head of The White House
Office of Policy Development
President Ronald Reagan 
Midge Decter
Author and Journalist
Christopher N. Malagisi
President
Young Conservatives Coalition 
Linwood Bragan
Executive Director
CapStand Council for Policy and Ethics
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund 
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
Norman Singleton
President
Campaign for Liberty 
Michael J. Bowen
CEO
Coalition For a Strong America
Stephani Scruggs
COO
Coalition For a Strong America 
Herman Cain
CEO
www.hermancain.com
Robert D. Thompson
Coordinator
The Weyrich lunch 
Larry Beasley
President/CEO
The Washington Times
Joseph R. Gregory
CEO
Gregory Management Co. 
Barbara S. Waddell
Author
Akron, OH
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
Morton Blackwell
Chairman
The Weyrich Lunch
Serphin R. Maltese
Past State Chairman, NY Conservative Party Former NYS Senator
John McCardell
President
America’s Liberty Committee
Ann L. Drexel
Conservative Activist
Tampa, FL
Barb Kenney
Washington
Dee Hodges
President
Maryland Taxpayers Association 
David Williams
President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Adam Brandon
President & CEO
FreedomWorks 
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Melvin Adams
Troutville, VA
 
Samuel B. Casey
Treasurer
Liberty T
Terrence Scanlon
Retired President
Capital Research Center 
Bill Dallas
CEO
United in Purpose
Louis J. Cordia
President
Cordia and Associates 
William W. Pascoe
Partner
Antietam Communications
Darrel W. Johnson
President, Attic Corp
Real Estate Development 
Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Co-Founder
The Martin Foundation 
Monty S. Warner
Plains States Legal Foundation
Shawn A. Mitchell
National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies 
Steven Thrasher
Special Counsel
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Hon. Jerry Melvin
President
Florida Republican Assembly 
Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future
 
Anthony Allen
President
Hannibal-LaGrange University 
Barry Creamer
President
Criswell College
Dr. Herbert I. London
President
London Center for Policy Research 
Ted Baehr
Publisher
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Ken Cuccinelli, II
President
Senate Conservatives Fund 
Kim Binkley Seyer
Principal
The Seyer Group
Melissa Ortiz
Founder & Principal
Able Americans
Tricia Erickson
President
Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.
Ken Boehm
Chairman
National Legal and Policy Center 
The Honorable Ralph T. Hudgens
Commissioner of Insurance
State of Georgia
Suzanne M. Hudgens
Board Member and Volunteer
Atlanta Care Net Pregnancy Center 
Dr. Wm. Scott Magill
Founder/Executive Director
Veterans in Defense of Liberty
Diana Denman
President
Reagan Legacy Forum 
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
President & CEO
Center for Security Policy
William Borduin
Co-Founder
Borduin Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Jean Borduin
Co-Founder
Borduin Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Alan Gottlieb
Citizens Committee for the Right to
Keep and Bear Arms 
Kevin L. Kearns
US Business and Industry Council
The Honorable Steve Stockman
U.S House of Representatives
Former Member, Texas
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
Former Director
Strategic Defense Initiative
Ray Thompson
Founder
Semitool, Inc. 
Ladeine Thompson
Kalispell, MT
Col Francis X. De Luca USMCR (Ret)
President
Civitas Institute
Penny Nance
CEO & President
Concerned Women for America
Bradley Mattes
President
Life Issues Institute
Peter J. Thomas
Chairman
Americans for Constitutional Liberty
Barry Meguiar
President
Revival Outside the Walls
Kimberly Bellissimo
CEO
ForthRight Strategy, Inc.
Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder
Tea Party Patriots
Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
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Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.
Rich Bott
President
Bott Radio Network
Dick Bott
Chairman
Bott Radio Network
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Chairman
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Conservative Activist
Dallas, TX
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Former Assistant Attorney General
Reagan Administration

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