Lame duck sessions are a time when lawmakers can deliver on long-delayed promises or compromise on tough issues. Advocates and lawmakers see this as the last-best chance to pass virtually every priority for at least two years. Many of those priorities don’t have two years to spare. Lame duck sessions reinforce very low expectations for Congress most of the year, perhaps even incentivizing obstructionism. Politicians know that during the lame duck, voters are distracted by holiday preparations and vacations. In theory, this means those elected to govern can actually, you know, govern.
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