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.
However, a lame duck Congress can and does pass important legislation and since Election Day, the 112th Congress has passed several significant bills into law:
- S. 743: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012
- H.R. 4114: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012
- S. 2038: STOCK Act