LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lame duck limits?

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Not mentioned of late are the similarities between Obamacare and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Both laws were passed after the congressional election, but before the newly elected members took their seats the following January. It was during this short period that the Democrats forced both bills through Congress. They did so knowing that after the new year, the next Congress would not have passed either law. Many of those voting for these two laws had not been re-elected.

This was perfectly legal to do, but it left a bad taste in the mouths of many. I imagine both parties have pushed legislation through with the aid of an outgoing Congress, but I think it should be stopped, either by statute or constitutional amendment. The easiest way: After a congressional election, there ought not be any further legislation passed until after the new Congress is sworn in.

WAYNE L. JOHNSON
Alexandria

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