From the Daily Signal, by Rachel Bovard
The lame-duck session is the most dangerous period in the nation’s capital that you’ve never heard of.
There are nearly two months in between Election Day in November and the swearing-in of the newly elected Congress in January. This period is known as the lame-duck session, because many of the voting members won’t be returning due to defeat or retirement (hence, they’re “lame ducks”).
Why is it dangerous? Because those lame ducks have no oversight or accountability, and the members who are returning have just won re-election—and won’t have to face the voters for two or six more years.
It wasn’t always this way. Lame-duck sessions used to be a quirk of history, only employed to address pressing issues or unexpected…
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