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Lame duck sessions were unavoidable before jet planes. The framers of the U.S. Constitution provided 17 weeks for newly elected members to travel to the capital and take their seats on March 3. That was the 18th century.(from online.wsj.com)
In 1933, Americans ratified the 20th Amendment to eliminate lame duck sessions. It set Jan. 3 as the day newly elected members would take their seats. That still left seven weeks after the election, but no one imagined that the old Congress would return to the capital during that time.
For a half-century, the 20th amendment worked. Except during World War II and the Korean War, Congress did not reconvene after November elections. But for the last two decades, lawmakers have hurried back to the capital after Election Day to deal with spending bills and controversial legislation they deliberately had avoided before the election.
For the last two decades, lawmakers have hurried back to the capitol after Election Day to deal with controversial legislation they deliberately avoided before the election.
It's time to fix the problem. Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) tried last summer, unsuccessfully offering a resolution proposing Congress not reconvene after Nov. 2, except in the event of an unforeseen national emergency. Mr. Price warned that otherwise a lame duck Democratic majority would try to push through an extravagant 2011 spending bill and controversial policy measures "out of step with mainstream America."
This is exactly what's happening now.
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b: Charles de Gaulle (1890), Rodney Dangerfield (1921), Andy Stern (1950); d: Jack London (1916), Werner Mölders (1941), James J. Davis (1947), Aldous Huxley (1963), John F. Kennedy (1963), J. D. Tippit (1963), Wilhelm Beiglböck (1963)