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Beware the lame-duck Congress

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If Predictit and other leading forecasters are right, the days of a Republican-controlled House are numbered. And if the Democrats win back the majority on Nov. 6, the defeated incumbents will go into the post-election Congress with little to lose. Welcome to the lame-duck session.

For years, lawmakers have pushed more dubious spending onto taxpayers and costly regulations onto consumers during lame-ducks, with little repercussion or reason to do things differently.

Evidence shows that lawmakers become more erratic and more likely to miss votes in lame-duck sessions, prompting party leadership to dole out individual favors in order to cement participation. Even in the absence of formal earmarking, leadership uses holes in the earmark ban to push through perks and projects in order to rush through massive pieces of legislation. Unless taxpayers and consumers hold lawmakers’ feet to the fire during the likely lame-duck, America will accumulate more debt and unneeded rules.

The scene is a familiar one: lawmakers piling on earmarks, mere weeks after promising to lay off the practice. Following midterm elections in 2010,........

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