Lame-duck Congress: What four issues can't be ignored?
Legislators return to Congress Wednesday. While post-election, lame-duck sessions don't tend to yield many major decisions, there are four key issues that will have to be addressed in one way or another.
After a little distraction called the election, Congress is coming back to work this week. Lawmakers will are launching a lame-duck session that will include important issues including funding for US military action against the Islamic State in Iraq, and pressure from the White House over immigration policy and the confirmation of a nominee for Attorney General.
Oh, and they need to approve a new funding measure so the federal government doesn’t go into “shutdown” mode on Dec. 11.
By definition, the weeks following an election aren’t expected to be big on legislative productivity. It’s a relatively brief interim when many politicians are thinking less what they can do in a lame-duck session and more about the next session in January – in this case one where Republicans will control the Senate as well as the House. Sometimes legislators don’t bother meeting at all during this time.
Although the biggest votes this time around aren’t expected before Thanksgiving, here are some things on Congress’s plate this time around: