May 27, 2011


Senate Republicans Block Recess Appointments

Senate Republicans have forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to keep the Senate open for pro forma sessions every three days over the Memorial Day recess in order to prevent President Obama from making recess appointments, reports the Washington Examiner.

"Under the U.S. Constitution, neither chamber can adjourn unless a majority in both chambers agrees to it... GOP concerns became elevated as the week-long Memorial Day recess approached with Democrats and liberal activists agitating for Obama to use the break as a pretext to plant Elizabeth Warren on the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau... While the Constitution specifies no minimum number of days required for a recess appointment, a March 2010 Congressional Research Service report referenced a Clinton-era Justice Department brief suggesting it was more than three days."










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