(National Sentinel) Lame Duck: It’s late in the fourth quarter and Republicans have one more shot at the end zone before the game ends.
That’s what it feels like to GOP House majority leaders as they plan for what they hope will be a fruitful, productive “lame duck” session before handing the reins of power over to Democrats in January.
The Daily Caller reports:
Some of the most influential Republicans in Congress say the party still plans to drive legislative items through the House and to President Donald Trump’s desk, with a few key pieces of legislation at the forefront such as Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who was challenging California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy for the position of minority leader, naming a list of items he wants to have passed.
“Republicans still have an opportunity to do what we said. We should fund the border security wall, pass a farm bill that requires able-bodied adults to work if they receive welfare, and keep working to hold the FBI and [Department of Justice] accountable for their misconduct during and after the 2016 election,” Jordan told the news site on Tuesday.
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp told TheDCNF something similar when he was asked if the GOP will suffer greatly after losing the House majority in the midterms.
He also recommended the Trump administration look for measures and issues that both parties can agree on, in order to actually get legislation passed — such as infrastructure spending.
“The Democrats risk looking like a party having a temper tantrum if they continue to just resist and persecute. They may dislike the president but he persists and they need to find a way to be constructive,” Schlapp said to TheDCNF.
“The administration should also try to work on issues they can work together on like infrastructure, 5G, increasing labor availability, limiting overseas military engagements and the national security issues around China. The Democrats have a chance to look like they are ready for this moment and with big problems voters will be judging if this is a fling or a long-term commitment.”
House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he thinks the GOP can get some legislation through as well before Democrats take over chairmanships of committees and launch their promised investigations.
“So we’ve got a couple of priorities for the lame duck. Obviously, Tax Reform 2.0 passed out the House in July with 44 Democratic votes for the three bills, so we’re hopeful that we can find bipartisan support and common ground for some of that here in the lame duck. It remains yet to be seen,” he said.