Lame Duck / “Lame Duck” Session (

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

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.

Also see § 5.32, Lame-Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2010, in Congressional Deskbook;




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