VOTE: What Should The Lame Duck Republican Congress Focus On?

Scott Bledsoe | Contributor

While the Democrats regained a House majority in the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans still control Congress until the new class of lawmakers is sworn in January of 2019.

The period of time between the midterms and January is known as the “lame duck” session, and it is a time where the GOP will try and tie up some legislative loose ends while they still have a majority. Some of the more prominent issues on the lame duck agenda are immigration, tax cuts, and declassification.

Immigration

The procession of a large caravan of Central American migrants towards the southern border has amplified the immigration debate in the past weeks.

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- taking part in a caravan heading to the US, descend from a truck, on arrival at a temporary shelter in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico on November 11, 2018. - The trek from tropical Central America to the huge capital of Mexico is declining the health of the migrant caravan that endures extreme climate changes, as well as overcrowding and physical exhaustion, and still has to face the desert that leads to the United States. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- taking part in a caravan heading to the US, descend from a truck, on arrival at a temporary shelter in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico on November 11, 2018. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP/ Getty Images)

As Congress scrambles to pass spending bills before crucial December deadlines, the issue of funding for President Trump’s border wall will be contentious. This could be exacerbated by the fact that Trump has suggested shutting down the government if he is not satisfied with allocations for border security.  (RELATED: Migrant Caravan Pushes On)

Tax Cuts

Back in September, Republicans passed another round of tax legislation out of committee. Often called “Tax Cuts 2.0,” the legislation would make certain parts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent, such as tax cut provisions for families and small businesses and lower individual tax rates.

President Trump has also floated the idea of adding on a 10 percent tax cut for middle-class families, but passage seems uncertain.

Declassification

President Trump back in September directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Justice and the FBI to declassify a variety of documents and interview transcripts related to Carter Page and the Russia investigation.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Special counsel Robert Mueller (L) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee meets with Mueller to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 21: Special counsel Robert Mueller (L) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee meets with Mueller to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

He also directed the Department of Justice and FBI to release all Russia related text messages involving James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr. It would be in the hands of various congressional committees to act on any revelations that may arise from those declassified documents.

Which of these issues do you think Congress should focus on in the lame duck session? Let us know by voting in the poll below!

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