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The Lame Duck Congress

October 1, 2012

After the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, it created the possibility of lame-duck sessions. Any time Congress meets after the November election but before the new Congress takes effect (generally on or around January 3), it is considered a lame-duck session1. After this upcoming November election, Congress will only have about 20 legislative days of the lame-duck session.