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As lame-duck session begins, Congress to focus on keeping government open

from Government Executive

Fiscal matters, foreign policy issues, and residual partisan haggling await lawmakers in the lame-duck session that starts this week, with the elephant in the room being that Republicans will shortly take over the Senate and full control of Congress. However, that new Congress elected on Nov. 4 doesn't officially take power until January. And an omnibus spending bill, or some other more temporary measure, must be taken up by this outgoing House and Senate to extend government funding beyond Dec. 11 and keep agencies operating. more


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