Dems Planning a 'Post-Election' Surprise?

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Democratic leaders are planning a special session of Congress this year after the November elections and before the make up of the U.S. Congress may possibly change.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, there's a chance House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will have to hand her gavel to Republicans. Analysts have predicted the GOP also has an outside shot at winning a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Even if the balance of power shifts in November, Democrats will still have one last chance to advance their legislative agenda.

John Fund, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, talks more about what to expect from a lame duck session and his outlook on the November elections, on Wednesday's The 700 Club.

Click play to watch the interview.

"It's possible to have what's called a 'lame duck session' in which the members of Congress from the old Congress, including all of the people who just lost their elections can come back together for one last hurrah before the new Congress is sworn in in January," said Phil Kerpen, vice president of Americans for Prosperity.

Key Democrats are already talking about post-election action on controversial bills such as cap and trade legislation and card check -- which is the push to eliminate secret ballots in union votes.

"I believe that it's legal, but it's not right," said John Fund, columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

However, Democrats are sending mixed messages. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the No. 3 Democrat in the House, has said there won't be a "post election surprise."

"Now, they say they don't have any intention to do that, but in Washington, it's always best to look at what they do - not what they say," Fund added.

Last week the Democratic majority blocked a vote on a Republican-offered resolution that would have limited a lame duck session just to legislation that needs immediate attention.

Political observers say the calendar could be filled with votes not just on key legislation, but on presidential appointments.

"In addition, of course there are a lot of judicial nominees that are very controversial," Fund explained. "The Democrats might not want to vote on them before the election, but they could vote on them after the election. So there's a whole range of possibilities."

There's also another force at play.

Six states are holding elections to replace senators who have been appointed to office to fill vacancies. And in at least two of those states, including West Virginia and Delaware, senators who are elected in November will be seated immediately.

This could create a new dynamic in the Senate as both chambers may consider major legislation.

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