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National Lame Duck Day
February 6, 2023 All day
February 6th is National Lame Duck Day!
The “lame duck session” is a term used to describe the period between the election of a new government and the end of the current government’s term in office. This term is most commonly used in the United States, in reference to the session of Congress that occurs after the election but before the new Congress is sworn in.
During the lame duck session, outgoing members of Congress, who have either lost their elections or decided not to seek re-election, continue to serve and are referred to as “lame ducks.” During this time, the lame duck Congress may still pass laws, confirm presidential appointments, and address various other matters.
The lame duck session can be a time of significant legislative activity, as outgoing members of Congress may feel freer to vote for controversial measures without worrying about the consequences for their political careers. However, it can also be a time of political gridlock, as the outgoing members of Congress may be less motivated to compromise with the incoming administration and the incoming members of Congress.
Overall, the lame duck session is an important period in the political cycle, as it provides an opportunity for outgoing elected officials to wrap up their legislative agendas and for incoming officials to begin preparing for their new roles.