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Cruz Leading Effort to Kill Lame Duck Congressional Session

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By    |   Thursday, 14 Apr 2016 08:37 AM

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is leading a conservative effort to end any chance of a lame-duck congressional session after the November elections, The Hill reports.

While many business groups believe a lame duck congressional session is the only chance of moving some of their most valued bills — including implementing the Trans-Pacific trade deal — others such as Cruz and right-leaning groups see the dangers in having a session and believe it could be "used to move legislation backed by President Barack Obama or even confirm his Supreme Court nominee."

"I'm guessing K Street will want a massive lame-duck session unless Hillary Clinton wins the White House. They know they better get what they can while Barrack Obama, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are in charge," said a senior GOP aide familiar with the movement.

"They'll get more than they would under President Donald Trump or President Ted Cruz," the aide added.

Before talk of a lame duck session gains momentum, movement conservative leaders have agreed to work with Cruz to kill the idea.

Already, a letter by conservative leaders is circulating after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Post in December that the TPP shouldn't come up before elections, but did not rule out the idea of a session before 2017.

"By promising now that there will be no lame duck session of Congress (except, of course, in the case of an unforeseen sudden emergency requiring immediate federal action) the Republican-led Congress can take an important first step in restoring the American people's trust in their government," the groups wrote in a letter organized by the Conservative Action Project, The Hill reports.

As of Wednesday, the letter, signed by leaders Edwin Meese III and Becky Norton Dunlap, had already received over 70 signatures.

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