60 Republicans Voted To Block Lame Duck Session, But Supported Clinton Impeachment
Yesterday, the House killed a resolution to prohibit Democrats from calling a lame duck session of Congress after the November elections. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the measure, warning that Democrats could use a lame duck session "to override the will of the American people." The resolution was also by backed by conservative advocacy groups who have been using the specter of a late-year legislative push to mobilize supporters.
Price, however, hasn't always held such a dim view of post-election congressional action. After Democrats regained control of the House in 2006, Price was all for holding a lame duck session to advance Republican goals. "Most members feel we ought to stay in as long as we need to get done as much as we can do realistically," he said. "If that's a week, fine. If that's four weeks, fine."
Republicans also used the lame duck session to pursue the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998, despite overwhelming public opposition. In total, 60 sitting House Republicans supported Clinton's impeachment, but hypocritically voted yesterday to bar a lame duck session this year: