Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) has written an open letter to Leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) requesting that they refrain from pushing through controversial legislation in a lame duck session this fall.
There has been increasing speculation, fueled by Sen. Reid's own remarks, that such a tactic might be used in order to pass a National Energy Tax or a "Cap and Trade" bill before votes are lost to the incoming congressional freshman class.
Artificially raising energy costs by implementing new taxes, mandates, and regulations, Cap-and-Trade legislation would put undo strain upon our already fragile economy. If the Senate were to ratify the House-passed cap-and-trade bill, HR 2454, the nation can expect an increase of oil and gas prices of over 50 percent, thousands of dollars in additional taxes per-household, and the loss of trillions of dollars from America’s current GDP…
…As elected representatives, the members of the House and Senate have a responsibility to respect the preferences of their constituents. When the American people make their voices heard this November, they should not have to endure the same policies they have just repudiated, foisted upon them by politicians who are no longer accountable.