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Another Lame Duck Congress: the Last Days of the 112th Congress

On the political ranch

Congress is once again in a lame duck session.  The Senate’s Virtual Reference Desk Glossary website defines a lame duck session as:

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:

You can find a complete list of the laws passed by the 112th Congress through our Congress.gov website.

2 Comments

  1. Jacob Walls
    December 28, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Wasn’t the STOCK act passed in the spring?

  2. application
    March 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Looks as if they will not pass a budget again this year, this is going on for 5 years now. will you write about this? Margaret this a good article please respond to to no budget being passed.

    thanks for responding

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