[mccookgazette.com] Fair ~ 93°F  
Feels like: 96°F
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lame duck dangers

Friday, October 15, 2010

When a football game goes into overtime or a baseball game goes into extra innings, fans are usually on the edge of their seats with excitement. Unfortunately, when Congress goes into extra innings it usually means bad things for American taxpayers.

In Congress, such overtime is called a "lame duck" session, and one is set to take place shortly after the November elections. I am concerned this session will be used as an opportunity by some to bring up controversial issues without the possibility of being held accountable.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seem bent on doing an end run around the American people by holding this session after the voters have spoken but before a new Congress is sworn in.

Chief among my concerns is the proposal to take up another version of the cap-and-trade energy legislation. This proposal is nothing more than a national tax on energy consumers -- and will hit the energy-intensive agriculture industry particularly hard.

This tax will increase energy costs for Americans by up to $3,000 per person each year and has the potential to stop our nation's economic recovery before it even has a chance to take hold.

Efforts also are underway to bring up another stimulus bill similar to the $1.1 trillion monstrosity which failed to lower unemployment, spur economic growth, or create jobs. President Obama recently has tried to sell a $50 billion bill using the same failed premise as the original stimulus package.

This 'lame duck' session also could easily feature anti-business legislation such as the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act - known as 'card check.' This controversial legislation would take away workers' rights to secret ballot elections, leaving them vulnerable to harassment and intimidation.

My colleague Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) twice introduced measures designed to prevent a lame duck session from being used to pass such job-killing legislation. Unfortunately, both efforts were denied an up-or-down vote on the House floor.

Congress had the opportunity to pass the 12 appropriations bills necessary to keep the government's doors open, not to mention acting to prevent the $3.8 trillion tax hike set to take effect at the end of the year. Unfortunately, the leadership of the House and the Senate decided to kick the can down the road for several more weeks, requiring the lame duck session.

It is past time for Washington to start listening to the American public. There is no doubt: policies the Democrat-controlled Congress has pushed through have left the American people angry. One way to restore this trust is by passing legislation introduced by Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) and incorporated in the Republican Pledge to America which would require all bills introduced reference the specific provision of the U.S. Constitution which would authorize it. Such a requirement would limit Washington's ability to rush suspect legislation through a lame duck session.

Congress also must engage in a bipartisan effort to cut government spending, freeze tax levels, and stop the bailout mentality.

I will continue to ensure transparency and accountability. A lame duck session of Congress held after an election does neither. The agenda being pushed by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, though stalled, is anything but dead as long as its proponents have an opportunity to force a vote on these job-killing bills after American voters have their say.


Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on mccookgazette.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

I wonder if republicans ever did anything while lame-duck, in the majority, and soon to lose it?

-- Posted by mickhaney on Fri, Oct 15, 2010, at 5:16 PM

Adrian Smith

You are idiot and there is nothing in Gods great wisdom that would inspire me to vote for you!!!!Please stop leaving me your political mesages on my cell phone!!!

PEACE

Karen

-- Posted by kaygee on Fri, Oct 15, 2010, at 8:50 PM

another respectful response from a liberal. and all you conservatives just shut up. how dare you have the temerity to voice your opinion.

-- Posted by doodle bug on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 6:40 PM

kinda like the protesters that camped outside the Bush ranch, Just shut up.

-- Posted by president obama on Sun, Oct 17, 2010, at 4:13 PM

Vote against the illegal alien annexation of our country. Vote for the Tea Party, as they will change America for our future. They do not believe in the ideology of the Liberal Extremists hiding under the apron strings of Democrats, nor will they play into the hands of Republican elites? No more tax and spend. This will be a return to the US Constitution. No Amnesty for illegal aliens and removal through E-Verify. A Warning to citizens--Be observant, as illegal aliens will vote in this midterm election, as they have nothing to lose in using the unsecured "Absentee voting." Illegal Immigration will try and keep Senate Democrats Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and their Juniors returning them to office; Certain Governors, Mayors and elected officials are for open borders, such as Jerry Brown of California..Democrats even want to share our Senior Citizens, disabled, Social security with illegals' (May 2006)

These Pro-Amnesty politicians must be thrown out of office, or there will be an immediate Amnesty on their return. The implications according to the reputable Heritage Foundation is a projection of--$2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS, added to the already exceeded 13. TRILLION DOLLARS WE OWE CHINA AND JAPAN. Google---Illegal alien costs then you judge who to vote for? Anybody who harbors an illegal alien--knowingly--should go directly to prison. Ice is already putting aliens back on our streets, in a silent Amnesty. They are however arresting and detaining criminals haunting innocent citizens.around the country

-- Posted by Brittanicus on Sun, Oct 17, 2010, at 6:50 PM

I do wish I'd had the foresight to obtain the Depends(TM) concession for the murkan right wing. I've never seen a bunch of folks can come up with more generally fatuous reasons to work themselves into abject diaper drenching fear than that bunch.Somehow the democratic process, unless it absolutely results in the outcome they desire is insufficient for them.Of course it's possible this excess production of liquid could have to do with too much tea drinking.Representative Smith's little rant makes me wonder about the wisdom of employing someone who obviously has such a low opinion of his job, his function, and that of his colleagues.I'm hard pressed to think of a private employer who'd tolerate such public badmouthing of their operation.Perhaps Rep. Smith could just stay home.

-- Posted by davis_x_machina on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 7:21 AM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration:

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith
Washington Report