In Congress, it’s Hail Mary time

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; December 11, 2018

In the people’s company town of Washington, D.C., the most popular refrain during lame duck sessions of Congress—the fewer than 60 days between congressional elections and adjournment—is the catchphrase from Mariah Carey’s iconic tune, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

The “You,” of course, includes White House nominations, Senate confirmations and still-pending legislation in the waning days of each two-year Congress—Hail Mary events, all, as the sole option to failure is a looming greater uncertainty of beginning the process afresh come the seating of the new Congress in January.

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