Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, last week introduced a privileged resolution to prevent Congress from holding a post-election session for any reason other than a national emergency….
Price asked for an appeal of the chair’s ruling, and Democrats moved to table that appeal. The vote to table Price’s appeal passed on a largely party-line vote of 236-163, with six Democrats voting with Republicans, and one Republican voting yes with the majority of Democrats.
I note in the column that Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) could be seated in November as well, and I speculate that he might also oppose a lame duck since he voted last week for a resolution in the House that would bar that chamber from meeting between November and January. Well, Castle’s office has since confirmed that if elected to the Senate he would, indeed, join Kirk in opposing a lame duck. A Castle spokesperson told me in an e-mail, after reading Kirk’s comments in The Post, that “The Congressman agrees with Rep. Kirk that a lame duck session is no place for controversial legislating.”