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Memo for the Movement – Congress Should Not Hold a Lame Duck Session

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September 6, 2016, 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.

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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
MOVIEGUIDE(R)

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