Price: ‘The public’s trust in this Congress has been repeatedly broken’

A Republican Congressman from Georgia is warning Democrats not to pass “hugely unpopular legislation” – such as card check or additional deficit spending bills – during a lame duck session following this November’s election.

“Americans are sick and tired of their elected leaders making backroom deals to ram through unpopular, 2000-page bills that no one has read,” U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said in a statement. “They are sick of out-of-touch politicians, and they are tired of being ignored. A number of Democrats, including members of their leadership, have recently expressed a desire to ignore the public will and use a lame duck session to pass liberal legislation Americans do not want.”

Price introduced a resolution reading, in part, that Congress has “failed in its promise to be the most open Congress in history, but has instead lost the public’s trust by engaging in unprecedented political procedures to advance a partisan agenda.” If the resolution is approved, which is unlikely, Congress would agree not to meet between Nov. 2 and Jan. 3 “except in the case of an unforeseen, sudden emergency requiring immediate action from Congress.”

“Our system of government rests upon the consent of the governed, but it is quite clear that Democrats no longer have Americans’ consent,” Price added. “The public’s trust in this Congress has been repeatedly broken. Voting for a national energy tax and other items on the liberal wish list in a lame duck session would shatter it beyond repair. Republicans are fully prepared to do what is necessary to restore Americans’ trust in their elected representatives. We know it will be a long road, but it is one well worth traveling.”

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