The headline-grabbing line in Rep. John Boehner’s policy speech this morning was his call for the heads of President Obama’s top economic advisers, but Boehner’s battle cry about the upcoming lame-duck session is also noteworthy. As Andy McCarthy points out, if Obama is “a movement leftist who cares more about imposing his program than being reelected, we are in for a very difficult time, beginning with the lame-duck session right after the election.”
Should Republicans win the House, Boehner promises to do everything he can to stop Democrats from ramming through “card check, a national energy tax, and any other tax increases on families and small businesses.” Democratic leaders, he worries, “refuse to rule out the possibility of forcing these job-killing bills through in a lame-duck session, after the election, after the voters have had their say.”
Firing the opening salvo, Boehner calls on Obama to veto any lame-duck shenanigans. “I pledge that Republicans will work with him to sustain those vetoes,” he says.