Poll: Nearly half of likely voters say congressional lame-duck sessions are a...

Poll: Nearly half of likely voters say congressional lame-duck sessions are a waste of time

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WASHINGTON – Nearly half of likely U.S. voters think congressional lame-duck sessions are a waste of time, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 47 percent of the respondents said they do not think Congress conducts important legislative business during lame-duck sessions, compared with 25 percent who said they do think Congress conducts important legislative business during lame-duck sessions. Meanwhile, 28 percent said they are not sure if Congress conducts important legislative business during lame-duck sessions.

The sampling included 1,000 likely voters and was carried out Nov. 26-27. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The survey comes two weeks before the conclusion of the 115th Congress.

During the midterm elections Democrats won control of the House of Representatives and Republicans increased their narrow majority in the Senate.

Lame-duck sessions occur every two years and mark the final term in office for lawmakers  who were either defeated at the polls or are retiring.

Leadership elections are held during lame-duck sessions and newly-elected lawmakers come to the Capitol for orientation.

However, this lame-duck session is slightly more complicated because Congress is tasked with coming up with a plan to avert a partial government shutdown when funding for several key executive branch departments expires at the end of next week.

Both the House and Senate are scheduled leave town in mid-December.

The 116th Congress will convene on Jan. 3, 2019.

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