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07.18.2012 1

House should cancel lame duck session, give country a break from political wars

NRD Editor’s Note: Sen. Jim DeMint and Sen. Lindsey Graham are calling on GOP leaders on Capitol Hill to pass a spending agreement now to avoid a lame duck session of Congress.

By Bill Wilson — The House needs to give the American people a much-needed break after the November elections, no matter how they turn out, and force Washington, D.C. to quit governing by crisis. Cancel any plans for a lame duck session, and give the country a break from the political wars.

The continuing resolution, taxes, and debt ceiling should all be extended, and the sequester cuts postponed, all through March 2013. This will give the American people the opportunity to debate these issues in the electoral context, and then afterward, an opportunity to breathe knowing that Obama and Congress will not do any more damage for the rest of the year.

By failing to take the lame duck session off the table, the House would be accepting a narrative that it must act to implement the establishment’s agenda, and then only when electoral consequences have been removed from the equation. That is unacceptable to the American people, and it should also be unacceptable to every single member of the House majority who purports to represent them.

Bill Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government. You can follow Bill on Twitter at @BillWilsonALG.

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