John BoehnerBetsy McCaughey

In 1933, Americans ratified the 20th Amendment to eliminate lame duck Congresses. Yet McCaughey says Washington has been ignoring its intent for two decades, hurrying back to the capital after Election Day to deal with spending bills and controversial legislation they deliberately had avoided before the election. When John Boehner, the presumptive House speaker, takes charge in January, he should introduce a bill providing that Congress will not meet between the November 2012 election and Jan. 3, 2013. That simple change in the law will put the voters back where they always belong: in charge.

McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York state, is the author of “Obama Health Law: What It Says and How to Overturn It” (Encounter Books, 2010).

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