One of the lame-duck
bills would prevent Evers from making such a deal, instead requiring the Legislature's budget committee to sign off.
But in this lame-duck
session, Wisconsin's GOP lawmakers are using power that the majority of the electorate has just taken away from them, in order to make it more difficult for the incoming administration to undertake actions that the majority has just shown that it wants.
John Nygren, a Republican and a chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, downplayed the lame-duck
proposals, saying he and his fellow Republicans were merely trying to ensure there is a balance of power between the Legislature and governor.
A vote on approving a trade deal should never be held during a lame-duck
Friedman has the following to say about five major issues to be considered in the lame-duck
DOD is likely to get half its wish list before January Congressional watchers say that while a sequestration fix isn't likely, the Pentagon will probably see about half its agenda items accomplished by lawmakers during the lame-duck
Caretaker and lame-duck
governments operate in the interim between two executives in parliamentary and presidential systems respectively.
As Friedman noted in a late September commentary, the lame-duck
session will convene primarily between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the returning Congress being a Republican-led House and Democratic-led Senate, regardless of the election results, he said.
But Net Neutrality, patent reform, copyright penalties, internet privacy, and other issues that will (likely) remain unresolved as the lame-duck
sessions end will re-emerge on Congress' agenda in 2011.
The late, great New York Times columnist and language expert might have wished to revise that definition in light of the current lame-duck
session of Congress.
In the meantime, the current (111th) Congress will convene one last time in a "lame-duck
" session scheduled to begin Nov.
"If they get wrapped up and pass in the lame-duck
session, the ability to fund those appropriation numbers are probably much greater," Wilson Geno said.