Chandler says he expects Congress to punt on key issues in lame duck session

11/29/2010 07:28 PM

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler said he’s not optimistic that Congress will get much done over the next two weeks making the lame duck session, well, lame.

Chandler, who narrowly won his fifth election to Congress and fourth full term, said Democratic leaders are concerned about “almost over reaching” to push through policies so soon after voters gave them a strong rebuke in the Nov. 2 election. He made the comments as part of a wide-ranging interview recorded for Pure Politics last week at Insight’s Lexington studio.

That could put into doubt any extensions of the tax cuts Congress passed in 2001 and 2003 during President George W. Bush’s administration, as well as whether to get rid of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and whether to ratify President Barack Obama’s proposed arms treaty with Russia.

Chandler said much of what Congress does depends on Republicans in the Senate.

“If they stick together with 41 votes, nothing gets done,” he said.

Pure Politics will air more of the interview with Chandler  later this week on the program.

- Ryan Alessi with video produced by Greg Pursifull


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