Uniparty Swamp Creatures Block Trump’s Recess Appointments
If you have any remaining doubts about the disloyalty of the GOPe’rs in the US Congress, and their unholy alliance with the Democrats to protect their precious turf and give yet another middle finger to the American voter, please consider this news item. The Senate and House will hold “pro-forma business meetings” for one minute or so three days each week during their upcoming August recess. Thus they can claim they are in session, and deny PDJT the opportunity to make recess appointments.
Senate blocks Trump from making recess appointments over break
The Senate blocked President Trump from being able to make recess appointments on Thursday as lawmakers leave Washington for their August break.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), doing wrap up for the entire Senate, locked in nine “pro-forma” sessions — brief meetings that normally last roughly a minute. The move, which requires the agreement of every senator, means the Senate will be in session every three business days throughout the August recess.
The Senate left D.C. on Thursday evening with most lawmakers not expected to return to Washington until after Labor Day.
Senators were scheduled to be in town through next week, but staffers and senators predicted they would wrap up a few remaining agenda items and leave Washington early.
Trump isn’t the first president to face the procedural roadblock from Congress. The Senate has used the brief sessions to block recess appointments for decades, including last year to keep President Barack Obama from being able to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat.
But the current deal comes after Trump repeatedly lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sparking speculation that he would fire the former senator and try to name his successor while Congress was out of town.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned last month that Democrats had “tools in our toolbox” to block a recess appointment. “We’re ready to use every single one of them, any time, day or night. It’s so vital to the future of the republic,” he said.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said late last month that he didn’t have any announcements on pro-forma sessions, but he noted that “if the Senate doesn’t adjourn, typically pro forma sessions happen every three days.”
The spokesman added on Friday that the Senate was holding the brief sessions because they didn’t get a deal on adjourning, not specifically to block the president from making recess appointments.
“So to meet our constitutional requirement of meeting every few days, we’re doing pro formas. We didn’t do it to block Trump,” the aide said. Under Article One of the Constitution “neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days.” The House is also currently holding pro-forma sessions.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) added earlier Thursday that he expected the Senate would set up the pro-forma sessions, which require a GOP senator to briefly preside over the upper chamber. “My understanding is that we will only recess for three days at a time. …When we were in the majority I had to come down from Delaware and preside,” he said.
Trump also needs to find a new secretary of Homeland Security after he named John Kelly his new chief of staff.
The GOP-controlled Senate also held pro-forma sessions over the week-long Fourth of July recess. And Democrats held pro-forma sessions every three days in 2012 when Obama tried to appoint National Labor Relations Board members. The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that he overstepped his constitutional authority.
Asked if he was now glad the NLRB case had been litigated, Coons added on Thursday to laughter: “I think it’s important that there be restraints on the recess appointments.”
AS USUAL, we maggot voters can tip our hat to Smidge “Where’s My Scrotum” McConnell, Lisa Murky-cow-ski, Susan Kawlinns, Flakey Jeff, and most assuredly John McStain for boldly jumping into the breach and assisting Chuckie Schumer in protecting “the future of our Republic”. These brassholes would not recognize a Republic if it bought them a pint at Johnny’s Half Shell.
Just read Smidge’s passionate comments above on pro-forma sessions. That sack of Kontemtible Kentucky Krap calmly dismisses our President’s efforts and goals to rebuild our nation, with less urgency than he’d express if he ran out of toilet paper in the Congressional sh*thouse.
So here’s how it works. When Congress is in session, those two stupid female GOPe senators team up with one of the pajama boys on the right side of the aisle, and stall Trump’s appointments. When Congress is on “recess”, the same trio of GOPe turds pretends to be in session, and stalls Trump’s appointments. Is that a great system, or what?
I wonder just how much longer we maggot voters are going to tolerate this consistent pattern of douche-baggery from our “elected representatives”, that tone-deaf gang of jackwagons that cares solely about protecting their precious ability to spend the money their IRS confiscates from us.
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