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

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