The Republican Study Committee, according to its website, “is a group of over 115 House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.” Today, I received, via email, a copy of a Republican Study Committee document titled, “The Looming Lame Duck Laundry List Dems Say, We’re not going anywhere!” (I’ve posted it on scribd.com) It lays out issues that the Republicans fear the Democrats will try to push during the lame duck session, assuming the GOP picks up control of the House. And, it makes clear that the GOPers will try to block those efforts. Here’s the intro:
During this month’s special session of the House, a vote was held on a privileged resolution offered by RSC Chairman Price that would prohibit Congress from meeting between Nov. 2 and Jan. 3, except in the case of an unforeseen, sudden emergency, requiring immediate action from Congress. Unfortunately, the measure failed. Apparently, since the resolution failed, the Democratic caucus is in lock step with the Pelosi-Reid agenda and remains committed to the consideration of unpopular legislation like a national energy tax, enormous deficit spending bills, and kickbacks to labor unions.
The big government agenda of Congressional Democrats has shown the majority to be out-of- touch with the needs and concerns of hardworking Americans, and their policies have created a cloud of uncertainty that has kept job creators on the sidelines. A lame duck session is the only way the Democrat majority can succeed in advancing their unpopular agenda because they know they do not have the support of the American people. The RSC has compiled a few examples of what the Democrat majority says it intends to bring to the House floor after the elections.
And, here’s the section on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Just last week, it was reported that some Democrats hope to achieve passage of repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding treatment of gays in the military. The House, as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee, has passed legislation to repeal the ban. However, the full Senate has not yet considered legislation because a recent poll revealed the majority of likely voters in the upcoming election do not support a full repeal of DADT. As the election approaches, it is evident that Senate Democrats are avoiding being held accountable for this issue, unwilling to hold a vote to be on record before November.
Some conservatives have expressed concern the proposed amendment to overturn DADT would allow the President to prematurely enact a major cultural change in the military during the operation of two wars. Secretary Gates had requested for Congress to take no action on this issue until the Pentagon could review the implications of repealing DADT, by Dec. 1, 2010, to allow members of the armed services to express their concerns or support for such a measure. Congress should not use a lame duck for social experimentation before the military has had enough time to review the measure.
Where to begin? You have to love that Obama’s Secretary of Defense handed these GOPers their strongest talking point.
Also, the poll cited above comes from the Military Culture Coalition, which includes among other Elaine Donnelly’s Center for Military Readiness. In the real world, polls from credible sources, show extremely strong support for the repeal. Republicans know that, but they’re still willing to do whatever it takes to prevent this law from ending.
The Senate really must take up the Defense authorization bill in September. If it slides to the lame duck session, that only strengthens the hand of repeal opponents. Yesterday, I linked to this blurb at Politico, “IF REPUBLICANS WIN THE HOUSE – Lobbyists predict that defense bills will come to a screeching halt, which could spell doom for the already controversial defense authorization bill.” And, I added what John wrote last month about the Democrats who are already bending over backwards to assure Republicans they won’t pass legislation during the lame duck session.
The Republicans intend to be bullies about any lame duck legislation.
That’s what this RSC document is all about. And, for the most conservative members of the House caucus that includes the repeal of DADT.