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While the calendar may have December 31 as the end of the old year; in Washington 2020 culminates with three big days next week.

Sunday, January 3: A little parliamentary lesson: A Congress lasts two years, and then a new Congress begins. The current Congress is the 116th and on Sunday at exactly noon, January 3, by law the new Congress – the 117th – begins. Any bill not passed and signed by the President by noon on Sunday dies and must begin the legislative process all over again. This is why the clock is on Senator McConnell’s side to stop the $2000 payment. It also explains why he wants to override the President’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act no later than Saturday. The President’s veto will stand if not overridden by the current Congress.

Tuesday, January 5: Georgia holds its decisive Senate runoff with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. While press reports focus on high Democratic early turnout we saw in November that Republicans turn out on Election Day in big numbers. Incumbent Republican Senators in Iowa, Maine, NC, and SC were all in trouble with weak polling numbers; but all won and helped to hold the Republican’s majority. The Senate lineup before Georgia is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, so a sweep by Dems on Tuesday w...

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