The “Lame Duck” session of Congress convened this week to tackle a number of organizational and legislative priorities. The 109th Congress must wrap up the remaining 2007 fiscal year spending bills or at least pass a “continuing resolution” to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year while also preparing for the 110th Congress with leadership elections and committee assignments.

Yesterday Senate Democrats voted for leadership positions electing Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) as the new Majority Leader and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) as Assistant Majority Leader. The Senate Democratic Steering Committee also tentatively announced which Democrats will serve on

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