As midterm elections approach, there can be a sense that Congress is almost certainly in a lame-duck frame of mine. Re-elections and having political control are the major issues, so what chance is there to get anything done?

As the Real Estate Roundtable pointed out, there are some big "musts" left for Congress.

Politico notes two major needs: an omnibus spending package by December 16 and the National Defense Authorization Act.

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