Beware the lame duck

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The election might be over, but Congress still has time to grow the government and spend more of your hard-earned money with the lame-duck session. Yet again, lawmakers have to vote on a massive spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.

What’s the worst that can happen in a lame-duck session? Conservative Review has some examples, including this one:

Then there was that time a lame-duck former reindeer farmer changed his vote to help pass a massive $1 trillion spending bill: In 2014, House conservatives almost defeated a $1 trillion continuing resolution. When then-Speaker John Boehner realized the spending bill was going down, he convinced Michigan’s lame-duck Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (a former reindeer farmer by trade) to change his vote, along with then-Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman. The spending bill passed, and Bentivolio retreated back to Michigan. He has tried to reenter politics since then, albeit unsuccessfully.

You can read the full list here.

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