Monday Buzz: The Lame-Duck Congress Begins
Association advocates have their work cut out for them as Congress returns for a lame-duck session. Plus: The fight over net neutrality intensifies after the White House weighs in.
Election Day has come and gone, the winners and losers have been announced, fingers have been pointed, and now Washington, DC, transitions to a lame-duck session of Congress.
And though many past lame-duck sessions have been relatively inactive, this year representatives face the challenge of keeping the government funded beyond December 11. Leaders in the House and Senate must determine whether to choose a continuing resolution or an omnibus bill, a decision that has big implications for organizations lobbying to get their interests funded.
“While both would keep the government running, there are big differences for the advocacy world. A continuing resolution would freeze funding in place, while an omnibus would allow for changes,” CQ Roll Call explains in its special report on the lame-duck session. “Anybody with an interest in funding programs will be pushing for a bill and the flexibility it allows.”
CQ Roll Call‘s free primer provides a great starting point for understanding the final days of the polarized 113th Congress, and you can download it right here.
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The battle over net neutrality continues to escalate, and today the White House released its plan to ensure a “free and open internet” as the Federal Communications Commission tries to craft a proposal that will please all parties involved.
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