Lame Duck Session


By:  Jack Kingston
Date: Nov. 12, 2010
Location: Unknown

Next week Congress will reconvene for a lame duck session to take care of unfinished legislation. The same Democratic majority that has been in office since 2008 will be leading this session to pass the lingering items on their legislative agenda. During this pivotal transition, Congress must navigate with caution and keep the concerns of Americans in the forefront of the debate.

Controversial legislation needs to come to a halt, and not have any action taken until the new Congress starts in 2011. With the record of the Democratic leadership, this is unfortunately not something that we foresee happening.

So far there have been rumblings that the Democratic leadership will try to revisit several unpopular legislative issues:

* The hugely unpopular Cap and Trade energy bill.
* The Employee Free Choice Act also known as "card check".
* The DREAM Act, which would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who entered the US under the age of 15 and have been in the country for five years and graduated from high school.
* Finalizing the FY 2011 appropriations process that has recorded the highest increase level at $31.2 billion.
* Another bailout for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow them to receive an additional $3.3 billion.
* The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Instead, when Congress comes back next week, we need to let the American people know we received the message loud and clear, and move forward without considering these highly controversial legislative items.

One item that does need to come up for a vote is considering the impending tax increases that are set to expire in January. If Congress does not extend these tax cuts, every single working American will see their tax rate increase.

Raising taxes on working Americans is hard enough, but doing it at a time when more than 14 million Americans are out of work will not only hamstring any potential economic recovery, but further prolong this recession. Small businesses, which account for 70% of job creation, and the people they employ will be the hardest hit. To review the coming tax hikes, click here.

I hope that you will share your thoughts with me on what you believe needs to be addressed during the lame duck session. You can participate in the on-line poll or leave a comment on my blog with your thoughts on this issue and how we can move America forward.