As of press time, results of the presidential election are
unknown. But what is known is that the 108th Congress did not
finish important legislation before adjourning and will reconvene
in what is known as a lame-duck session. Senate and House
Republican leadership plan to call lawmakers to Washington, D.C.,
the week of Nov. 15 to organize for the 109th Congress, making that
the most likely time for a lame-duck session to begin.
This year's lame-duck session will focus on a fiscal 2005
federal spending package. It also could take up bills involving
such issues as intelligence agency reorganization and terrorism
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