Our Priorities for the Lame-Duck Session

Our Priorities for the Lame-Duck Session

By Don Kirchoff

We Say: On November 8th, voters decided that the status quo is unacceptable and gave Republicans a mandate to roll back 8 disastrous years of Obama governance.

It is time for our Senators and Representatives to take action on three important goals. You may want to send a letter/email such as the example below to your Senator (and also to your Representative, deleting the third paragraph).

Texas voters: Here is a handy link (Who Represents Me?) to connect to the websites of your U.S. senators and U.S. representative. From their websites, click on the “Contact” tab or link to get in touch with them. Familiarize yourselves with their websites–not all are set up the same way–and you’ll find simple ways to contact them via email and social media. Feel free to copy-and paste (or edit) our suggested message* or simply write your own.

*Please Note: When writing your U.S. representative, please delete the third paragraph of our suggested message as it applies to the Senate only.


Dear Senator ___________:

Please commit to achieving these three goals in the current lame-duck session:

  1. Pass a simple, short-term Continuing Resolution that funds the federal government until Donald Trump takes office. (This will enable Congress to negotiate spending levels and other priorities with a Republican President.)
  1. Use the Budget Reconciliation Process to deliver an Obamacare repeal bill for President Trump to sign upon taking office. (After full repeal, pass a replacement plan to reduce costs, restore consumer choice, strengthen doctor-patient relations, etc., and a budget that lowers spending levels and achieves other conservative priorities.)
  1. Oppose all Obama judicial nominees. (Exercise the Senate’s “Advice and Consent” role for a SCOTUS nominee made by Mr. Trump.)

Respectfully submitted,


Don Kirchoff is a member of the SATP board of directors and a senior sentinel with Heritage Action for America.

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One Response to "Our Priorities for the Lame-Duck Session"

  1. Alan Smith  November 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Donald Trump wasn’t my choice in the primaries but he was a far better choice than Hillary Clinton. I hope he lives up to his promises. My fear is the two houses of congress have nominated their leadership for a vote once the new congress goes into session. I do not trust Paul Ryan or Mitich McConnell to do anything that would benefit the American people. They have shown they are members of the Washington establishment elites and they have no concern for the people. We need to start working on our elected servants in the House and Senate demanding major changes in the leadership; that includes all GOP leaders.

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