Congress plans to work somewhere between 13 and 15 days in its "lame duck" session. Lame indeed. This is a Congress that has failed to meet its most basic function, to fund the government for the next fiscal year.
If action is taken quickly by the House of Representatives to pass the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act in the next days, we have a real opportunity to improve the access and quality of nutritious foods, and sustain the next generation of our youth.
We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.
While most incoming members of Congress will get sworn in on the traditional timeline, there are a handful who will be sworn in immediately. This could alter the balance of power between the parties for the "lame duck" session.