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Monday, April 18, 2016

Conservative Leaders Urging GOP Leadership Not to Hold a “Lame-Duck” Session

The Conservative Action Project, founded by former Attorney General Edwin Meese and chaired by The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop, is designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. Participants include the CEO’s of over 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement: economic, social and national security.

Conservative Leaders Urging GOP Leadership Not to Hold a “Lame-Duck” Session
April 14, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader of the Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Leader and Mr. Speaker:
As the 114th Congress approaches the midpoint of its second session, we the undersigned urge you to not hold a so-called “lame duck” session at the end of this year.

Historically, lame duck sessions have been used by both parties 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, increases in the gasoline tax, 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, the Republican-led 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.

The Republican-led 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 because neither he nor the departing legislators will ever face the voters again. We think that’s a bad way to run a democracy.

After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia a few weeks ago, Leader McConnell stated that “the American people, rather than a lame duck president whose priorities and policies they just rejected in the most-recent national election, [should] be afforded the opportunity” to fill the resulting vacancy on the Supreme Court. We respectfully suggest that the American people deserve that same opportunity with regard to confirming other federal judges, as well as to passing legislation and making international agreements. It will be necessary, however, for Congress to hold pro forma sessions on a regular basis (as distinguished from regular legislating sessions) in order to prevent the president from making a recess appointment to the Supreme Court.

By promising now that there will be no lame duck session of Congress (except, of course, in the case of an unforeseen sudden emergency requiring immediate federal action) the Republican-led Congress can take an important first step in restoring the American people’s trust in their government. By making it absolutely clear that there will not be a lame duck session, the Republican leaders in Congress will encourage all members of Congress to complete the people’s work in an orderly manner before the elections, putting an end to the unfortunate practice of recent years of governing by manufactured “cliffs and crises” at the end of the year.

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.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
(ARRA News Service Author)
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former Advisor, President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
David Bozell
Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
(ARRA News Service Author)
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
David Williams
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Kevin Kookogey
President and Founder
The Advancing Church
Allen J. Hebert
Director, American Chinese Fellowship
VP, Stallion Oilfield Services

Seton Motley
Less Government
(ARRA News Service Author)
Belden Bell
Goldens’ Pond
Rae Bell
Co-Chair, The Legacy Society
Quin Hillyer
Veteran Conservative Columnist

Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government
(ARRA News Service Author)
Adam Brandon
President & CEO
Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation
Art Ally
Timothy Plan Mutual Fund Family

Andrea Lafferty
Traditional Values Coalition
(ARRA News Service Author)
Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
(ARRA News Service Author)
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Susan Carleson

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
(ARRA News Service Author)
Tricia Erickson
Angel Pictures & Publicity
Tom McClusky
Vice President of Government Affairs
March For Life Action
David W. Preston
Executive Director
Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation
Penny Pullen
Life Advocacy Resource Project
Mike Spence
Conservative Republican of California
William H. Shaker
American Council for Health Care Reform
Jim Martin
60 Plus Association
George Landrith
Frontiers of Freedom
Bob Adams
Revive America PAC
Rebecca Hagelin
President and CEO, Rebecca Hagelin
Communications and Marketing, LLC
Kathleen A. Patten
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Target Advertising
Elaine Donnelly
Founder and President
Center for Military Readiness
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Dr. Bob Reccord
Former Executive Director
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Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Ralph T. Hudgens
Commissioner of Insurance
State of Georgia
Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism
David N. Bossie
Citizens United
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy
Andrew C.McCarthy
Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney
Southern District of New York
Ronald D. Rotunda
Chapman University
The Dale E. Fowler School of Law
James C. Miller III
Former Director of OMB
President Ronald Reagan
Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization
(ARRA News Service Author)
Sherri R. Martin
The Martin Foundation

Shawn A. Mitchell
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future
Monty Warner
Plains States Legal Foundation
Steve Thrasher
Special Counsel
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Hon. Jerry Melvin
Former Dean, Florida House of Representatives
President, Florida Republican Assembly
Lee A. Beaman
Chief Executive Officer
Beaman Automotive
Peter J. Thomas
Americans for Constitutional Liberty
Joel Anand Samy
Co-Founder and President
International Leaders Summit
Mike Hill
District 2
Florida State Representative
Herb London
London Center for Policy Research
Dr. Barry Creamer
Criswell College

Gary L. Bauer
American Values
(ARRA News Service Author)
Richard Falknor
Blue Ridge Forum
Susan Falknor
Blue Ridge Forum
Joe R. Calvert
Rabon-Calvert Interests
Kenneth Boehm
National Legal and Policy Center
Norman Singleton
Campaign for Liberty
Melissa Ortiz
Founder & Principal
Able Americans
Kevin D. Freeman
NSIC Institute
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots
Todd W. Herrick
Herrick Foundation
Andresen Blom
Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.
The Honorable Steve Stockman
Former Congressman from Texas
Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs
Dr. James C. Dobson
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk
Tony Saliba
Saliba Venture Management
Morton Blackwell
The Weyrich Lunch
(ARRA News Service Author)
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Lou Cordia
Cordia and Associates
Donna Hearne
Contstitutional Coalition
Larry Beasley
President and CEO
The Washington Times
Demos Chrissos
RapidResponse Media, Inc.
The Honorable General Ken Cuccinelli
Senate Conservatives Fund
(ARRA News Service Author)
Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group

Taylor Budowich
Executive Director
Tea Party Express
Pete Weyrich
Conservative Activist
Sandy Froman
Council for National Policy

Cathie Adams
Former President, Texas Eagle Forum
Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
(ARRA News Service Author)
Dr. Richard Lee
There’s Hope America Broadcasting

Joseph Farah
Editor and Chief Executive Officer, WND Books, WND Films
(ARRA News Service Author)
Russell J. Ramsland, Jr.
Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum
R. Peter Weaver
Vice President
International Liquid Terminals Association
Tonya Tiffany
Maryland Citizen Action Network

Phyllis Schlafly
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Eagle Forum
(ARRA News Service Author)
Dick G. Ellis
Ft. Worth, Texas
* ARRA News Service Author was identified for info purposes only.

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