LAME DUCK SESSION OF CONGRESS BEGINS – GOP MAJORITY PLEDGES FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT:  Janet Poppleton

November 18, 2010

LAME DUCK SESSION OF CONGRESS BEGINS;

GOP MAJORITY PLEDGES FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

WASHINGTON, DC . . . As the House of Representatives reconvened this week for a lame duck session that included leadership elections, Congressman Ralph Hall (TX-4) noted, “The American people have given Republicans a tremendous opportunity to restore fiscal responsibility and make our government work more effectively.”

“The American people sent a clear message on November 2.  They are counting on Republicans in the House to cut federal spending, create jobs, make government smaller and more efficient, and hold this Administration accountable through strong oversight,” Hall said.  “It is up to us to uphold their expectations and do better on their behalf.”

This week the Republican Conference elected John Boehner to be Speaker of the House in the 112th Congress, subject to his formal selection when Congress convenes in January.  Members of the Steering Committee also were elected by the Conference this week.

“The Conference reconfirmed our Pledge to America to cut federal spending, create jobs, and restore sound economic policies,” Hall said.  “These steps are vital to getting our country moving in the right direction and will be the first order of business when the House convenes in January with Republicans in charge.”

“House Republicans also joined Senate Republicans in adopting an earmark ban for the 112th Congress,” Hall said.  “The earmark ban shows the American people that we are listening and that we are serious about ending business as usual in Washington.”

“We also need to extend the Bush tax cuts to help families and businesses through this recession,” Hall noted. “These tax cuts will help stimulate the economy and provide a measure of certainty in what has been an uncertain economic environment.”

“We have much work to do on behalf of the American people, and I look forward to the opportunity to advance sound economic reforms on behalf of my district and our country.”

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