Lame Duck / “Lame Duck” Session
When Congress (or either chamber) reconvenes in an even-numbered year following the November general elections to consider various items of business. Some lawmakers who return for this session will not be in the next Congress. Hence, they are informally called “lame duck” members participating in a “lame duck” session.
The Lame Duck Explained
- “Lame Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2004 (74th-108th Congresses),” CRS Report RL33677 (39-page PDF)
- “Lame Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2016 (74th-114th Congresses),” CRS Report R45154 (33-page PDF)
- “Annual Appropriations Acts: Consideration During Lame-Duck Sessions,” CRS Report RL34597 (24-page PDF)
- “Beginning and End of the Terms of United States Senators Chosen to Fill Senate Vacancies,” CRS Report R41031 (8-page PDF)
- “Presidential Transitions: Issues Involving Outgoing and Incoming Administrations,” CRS Report RL34722 (56-page PDF)
- “House Committee Chairs: Considerations, Decisions, and Actions as One Congress Ends and a New Congress Begins,” CRS Report RL34679 (35-page PDF)
- “‘Marbury v. Madison Returns’! The Supreme Court Considers the Scope of ‘Judicial Power’,” CRS Legal Sidebar LSB10059 (xx-page PDF)
- Lame duck (politics) – Wikipedia
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