Congress returned to Washington this month following unexpected election outcomes up and down the ballot. With President-Elect Donald Trump preparing to take over the Administration, lawmakers set about wrapping up several outstanding items during the lame duck session. Government funding was at the top of the agenda, and legislators passed a short-term Continuing Resolution to fund the government through April 2017. Congress also passed a long-awaited medical innovation bill as well as the annual National Defense Reauthorization Act. Lawmakers approved a bill providing aid to Flint, Michigan, and the Obama Administration began an intelligence review of possible Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.
All of this was set to the backdrop of the President-Elect vetting and naming individuals to key positions in his incoming Administration.