That is, of course, unless Republicans get their way. The GOP is attempting to ban legislating during the lame duck session, and they're trying to spread around the idea that Democrats are 'hijacking' Congress via said lame duck session. Because, you know, Republicans have never used their own lame duck sessions to get things passed that they wanted.
Unless you count all the times they did. Such as the time they used it in 1998 to impeach President Clinton. Each side has used the Lame Duck for their own gain. What's so different this time? Republicans are running scared that they may have to make a decision about Don't Ask Don't Tell during this 2 month session. The military spending bill that is being proposed includes an amendment to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. Republicans always vote for military spending, because it is one of their core issues: conservatives are, like, SO TOTALLY PRO-MILITARY! DONTCHA KNOW?!
For Republicans to vote down DADT's repeal, they're going to be forced to vote against military spending. They can't do it. Thus, they don't want to be put into a situation of voting against soldiers and looking bad to their base. GOP constituents neither want DADT repealed nor military spending cut.
OH DECISIONS DECISIONS!!!
Conservative coverage of this matter is, naturally, skewed a different direction. Statements from the Right suggest that President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are trying to push some far-left liberal agenda on the country - guess what! - against the will of the people.
"Democrats are trying to avoid accountability by delaying the passage of a national energy tax and other unpopular policies until after Election Day," Price said in a statement. "Some might think that is a good way to override the will of the public, but it is a terrible way to govern. A lame duck session should not be used as a post-election blitz to impose liberal programs that Americans do not support."
The November-January session is part of Congressional procedure every two years. Republicans and Democrats know this. Whether one party or the other gets legislation passed during the early part of the year or waits until the end has little to do with listening to constituents and has more to do with timing. Luckily, House Democrats overturned this ban proposed by Republicans.
What are YOUR views on Lame Duck Congresses? Is it an unfair opportunity to push through legislation, or is it just another 2 months of Congress doing its job? And, what's with this whole "OMG, Democrats are acting AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!!!" by legislating during this time? Comment, tweet, or email IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com.
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