Rep. Price's Hypocrisy On Lame Duck Sessions

August 05, 2010 10:39 am ET — Walid Zafar

As the midterm elections approach, Republicans are working to prevent Democrats from holding a so-called lame duck session.  Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who is leading the effort, says that Democrats should "govern in accordance with the will of the American people."  Not surprisingly, Price hasn't always been consistent on the issue.


Congress will convene on Tuesday for what some fear will be the lamest of lame-duck sessions, and GOP leaders have decided to take a minimalist approach before turning over the reins of power to the Democrats. Rather than a final surge of legislative activity, Congress will probably wrap up things after a single, short week of work. They have even decided to punt decisions on annual government spending measures to the Democrats next year.


Some members say they are willing to stick around, but with limits. "Most members feel we ought to stay in as long as we need to get done as much as we can do realistically," said Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.). "If that's a week, fine. If that's four weeks, fine."


The return of the House likely Monday night also sets up a vote on the privileged resolution offered by Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) prior to adjourning for recess.  Price's resolution will force a vote on a Democrat commitment not to hold a lame duck session of Congress after Election Day in November.

"If the Democrat leadership is willing to bring lawmakers back to Washington in order to pass billions more in 'stimulus' spending with tax hikes on job creators, the least they can do is tell the American people that they will not bring lawmakers back for a lame duck session to pass additional tax increases, deficit spending, and special interest giveaways," Price said.  "This No Lame Duck resolution will allow our Democrat colleagues to make it clear whether or not they plan to govern in accordance with the will of the American people or in spite of it."