In what has become a recent tradition in Washington, Congress will again be using a lame-duck session to finish the business it was unable to complete before members left town to hit the campaign trail. And this year’s agenda will include a host of important issues – from funding the government to extending numerous tax breaks – that Congress didn't get to in the regular session.
This will give outgoing members – those who have retired and those who have been voted out – an opportunity to return to Washington to vote one last time. These members will be unencumbered by the typical pressures of office, and we will have an opportunity to see where these legislators’ priorities really lie.
In a typical congressional session, a legislator faces a number of pressures. And not all of them are good.