When a Congress meets after its successor is chosen but before the successor’s term starts, it is known as a “lame-duck” session. In addition to a special session convened after a sine die adjournment, the phrase is often used for any part of a normal session that occurs after an election. A lame-duck session is one that takes place after an election but before the new Congress meets in January of the following year.  Before the 20th Amendment altered the dates of the legislative term in 1933, Congress’s last regular session was always a lame duck session.
Since 1940, Congress has convened 16 lame-duck sessions. Early pauses, before the lame duck session, generally start around the middle of October and continue for one to two months. Lame-duck sessions of Congress were held after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, lasting approximately a month. Although some breaks began on August 7 and lasted on December 31, others started on November 3 and ended on November 8 and December 31 respectively. Sessions of lame-duck have concluded on November 22 and on January 3, and they’ve lasted one calendar day or 145.
However, some have been convened primarily for formal reasons (e.g., in 1948), as a back-up plan in case of emergency (et cetera), or to address a particular important issue (e.g., 1954, 1994, 1998). The next Congress has also delayed important issues (e.g. 1944, 1982, 2004), particularly when a larger majority for the same party was expected. Despite this, most people may be considered at least somewhat successful. During lame-duck sessions controlled by the President’s own party, many of the President’s proposals were accepted (e.g., 1950, 2002, 2004), but when he did so in the context of a split government, he had less success and vetoed legislation more frequently (e.g., 1970, 1974, 1982). Additionally, completing appropriations and the budget has been a significant responsibility of previous lame-duck sessions. There have been a number of times when this attempt has been at least somewhat successful. However, in 1970 and 2002, the final resolution was mainly left to the next Congress.
Countries with parliamentary systems of government, whether the Westminster system or another type, seldom have lame-duck sessions. There are no set dates for elections or the start of terms under a parliamentary system, thus a new session of parliament will always begin with its first meeting after an election has been conducted. As a result, even in an emergency, there is no parliament to summon after the last session until the new parliament has been elected. The power of outgoing parliamentarians is limited by convention, in contrast to Congress members who have full authority until the end of their term; any cabinet ministers who were members of the now dissolved parliament will serve in a “acting” or “caretaker” capacity (i.e not being able to make important appointments or policy declarations) until the new parliament meets.
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