The lame-duck session of Congress that opens Monday will likely be the lamest in recent memory in terms of what it accomplishes, conservative experts say.

Conservatives are urging congressional leaders to pass a short-term funding bill to keep the federal government running past Dec. 9, but not for the fiscal year.

“They should pass the [continuing resolution], and that’s all they should do in the lame duck — nothing more; go home,” Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, told the Washington Examiner.

“[T]his Republican Congress needs to agree with the American public and those states that sided with [President-elect] Trump and his 290 electoral votes and say, ‘we’re going to end the Obama administration on Jan. 20. We’re not going to extend it through Sept. 30, 2017,” he said, referring to when the fiscal year ends.

Pursuing any other legislative priorities, other than keeping the government funded, would be a “slap in the face to those voters,” he added. “If the legislation is really good, bring it to the floor in regular order,” don’t attach it to an omnibus bill just to push it through, he said. “There is a process. They need to follow it.”

Before Republicans swept Election Day, Congress watchers expected lawmakers to take up a long-term spending bill, reconcile competing versions of the National Defense Authorization Act, address Medicare Part B, extend certain expiring tax provisions, approve war spending and possibly confirm a Supreme Court justice as well as consider a 12-nation trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The lame-duck session, scheduled for three weeks, including Thanksgiving week, during which lawmakers will not be in Washington, is the “wrong time” to pass major legislation, the Heritage Foundation’s Paul Winfree stated Wednesday.

“Members of Congress no longer accountable to the people have no business voting on the people’s business,” he said. “Unaccountable lawmakers produce irresponsible laws,” he said.

The 114th Congress will close whenever leadership adjourns the lame-duck session “sine die,” which also will terminate the service of retiring and defeated members. The 115th Congress opens Jan. 3.

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“Americans are tired of Washington’s addiction to big spending and they fear a lame-duck session will produce yet another log-rolling, omnibus bill that piles up even more debt,” Winfree added.

Current lawmakers will vote on at least one other matter before adjourning — next year’s leadership.

House Democrats are expected to retain their current lineup of Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Calif.; Steny Hoyer, Md.; and James Clyburn, S.C., during their caucus meeting Thursday.

No one has emerged to challenge the GOP’s leaders but at least 12 members have formally asked Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to postpone elections, slated for Tuesday morning.

Rep. Jim Renacci of Ohio gathered signatories Wednesday and Thursday on a letter seeking at least a few days for the House Republican Conference to discuss the discord within the Republican Party the 2016 presidential election exposed, his office confirmed.

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“[I]f necessary, I ask the Republican leadership to keep us in a room until we are ready to join together in one direction,” Renacci wrote in an op-ed published last week that previewed the letter’s tone.

“The first step is just slow down the leadership election,” FreedomWorks’ Adam Brandon said during a Wednesday panel on the Republican Party’s future. “There’s no reason to come back next week and rush it through. Let’s take our time,” he continued.

“You have one shot … to start off making sure everyone is on the same page — everyone is fighting for the same agenda. The worst thing you could do is rush the leadership elections and start the relationship in an acrimonious manner.”

Shortly after holding internal leadership elections, House Republicans will establish their steering committee, which handles organizational matters such as committee assignments, and consider rule changes that will take effect in the new Congress.

Members have already floated some changes they would like to see. For example, Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado plans to ask his colleagues to approve a new calendar that would allow the House to vote to repeal some of President Obama’s executive orders more expeditiously.

Senate Republicans and Democrats also choose their leaders next week.

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