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lame duck

1. Business a company with a large workforce and high prestige that is unable to meet foreign competition without government support
2. US
a. an elected official or body of officials remaining in office in the interval between the election and inauguration of a successor
b. (as modifier): a lame-duck president
3. US designating a term of office after which the officeholder will not run for re-election
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A vote on approving a trade deal should never be held during a lame-duck session.
The president is almost certain to seek confirmation of the new attorney general in the lame-duck session, where he is assured of 51 party votes.
lame-duck presidents are famous for their "midnight actions," (7) which may include controversial pardons, appointments, regulations, and even the signing of international agreements.
In a statement on Tuesday, he said there is not enough time to act during the lame-duck session, given other unspecified items on the Senate agenda and the ''complex and unresolved issues related to Start and modernization.
The lame-duck session is a time to try to complete action on long-stalled bills.
also promised during his reelection bid that he would bring up during the lame-duck session legislation to give a cost of living (COLA) increase to Social Security beneficiaries, a bill creating a pathway to citizenship for certain illegal immigrants, and legislation having to do with collective bargaining for firefighters and police officers.
PRINCETON, NJ -- As the 110th Congress returns for its final lame-duck session Monday, new Gallup polling shows that only 19% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while about three-quarters disapprove.
The committee also urged Congressional leaders to complete work on the package of expiring tax provisions during the lame-duck session.
So this lame-duck president continues to reward his buddies in the petroleum industry to the detriment of our climate, health, national security, and our grandchildren's very survival here on earth.
The prospect for maintaining the modest funding gains sought by NLC in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and other NLC-priority federal housing programs, is clouded by the short schedule of the lame-duck session of the 109th Congress.
But they will be back for a lame-duck session to complete a lot of unfinished business.
Educators got an early holiday present when the lame-duck House and Senate reconciled differences and re-authorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in late 2004.