A Lame Duck

June 19, 2012

At its current pace, Congress will have a lot of work to do after the November election.  In what is commonly referred to as a lame-duck session, Congress won’t have to worry about re-election, making it possible to pass bills that may have otherwise stalled, before the new Congress takes effect.

The list of items for Congress to address during this year’s lame-duck session is no laughing matter.  Items that could appear on the list:  the expiration of the 2001, 2003, and 2009 tax cuts, a increase in the nation’s debt ceiling, the automatic spending cuts set down from the Budget Control Act (commonly referred to as the sequester), emergency unemployment insurance, and Medicare’s payment plan to doctors. A lengthy list by any measurement.  Meanwhile, numerous economists and news sources have remarked about the looming fiscal crisis and all of the legislative work building up for the lame-duck session.

Will Congress act to avoid a number of pitfalls in the economic recovery? Will Congress be able to cut spending?  What we do know is that Congress has only about 20 legislative days during the lame-duck session, so they’ll be rushed.

To find out more about Lame-Duck sessions of Congress and the issues Congress will have to face, read through our Lame Duck Fact Sheet.

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