The House and Senate are now in recess until after the elections. The Senate remained in session longer than anticipated to advance the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. In the unlikely event that a vote is scheduled on COVID relief legislation, the House and Senate could be called into session for votes.
After the elections occur, Congress will enter what is known as a “lame duck” session for the rest of the calendar year. This period of time refers to a Congress that meets after its successor is elected but before the new Congress convenes. Some lawmakers who return for this session will not be in office for the next session of Congress. The outlook for the lame duck will depend on the results of the presidential election and Senate races. Several big-ticket items remain on the agenda for consideration during the lame duck, including the annual National Defense Authorization Act and a government funding bill.