Congress Returns for Post-Election Lame Duck Session

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, Congress returned for a post-election lame duck session.  Republican Senators voted unanimously to elect Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Senate Majority Leader for the 114th Congress.  McConnell has pledged to return the Senate to “regular order” including giving committee leaders more authority and allowing senators to debate and vote on more floor amendments.  The most pressing issue for the lame duck session is resolution of fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending.  Federal programs are operating under a continuing resolution (CR) through December 11, but Congress will need to act in the coming weeks on either a FY2015 omnibus spending package or an extension of the current CR into the new year when the 114th Congress convenes.  House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) is advocating for passage of an omnibus package during the lame duck session so that the new Congress can start with a clean slate in January, but no decision on an approach has been reached by House Republican leaders.

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