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Thursday, June 17, 2004
The fiction of the lame-duck session
In The Hill yesterday, a piece under a hed and dek in alarming tone:
Lame-duck session looms
For a start, as I understand it, there is no separate session: the houses of Congress merely go into recess in October, and return in November to continue the same, second session of the 108th Congress.
Substantively, a glance at a list of Congressional Sessions shows that for Congress to sit in the November or December of the second year of a Congress  is almost as likely as not. The 91st, 93rd, 96th, 97th, 103rd, 105th, 106th and 107th Congresses all did this: eight out of the last 17.
Why the shock horror?
NPR ombud Jeffrey Dvorkin goes one worse: in a piece (June 16) touching on the bills  introduced to reintroduce the draft, he says
When Congress adjourns in October, both bills will die on the order paper and if they are to become law, they will have to be reintroduced again in the next Congress.
But, if there's a lame duck 'session', the bills will surely continue to be alive until that ends .
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