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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:49 PM
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And Then There's This... Senate Considers Staying Open During Christmas To Block Bush - HuffPo\WaPo


Instead of Plum Appointments, Maybe a Lump of Coal

By Al Kamen
Friday, December 14, 2007; A37

<snip>

Christmas is usually a time when controversial nominees for top federal jobs wait for Santa, in the form of the president of the United States, to come down the chimney with their recess appointments.

Maybe not this year. Word is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), in order to prevent President Bush from handing out those goodies, is now thinking about keeping the Senate in session during the Christmas-New Year's break, which starts at the end of next week and continues until the Senate returns in mid- to late January.

The unusual maneuver, which Reid first used during the recent Thanksgiving vacation, would block Bush from using his constitutional power -- derived from the days when the Senate could be out of session for months -- to fill vacancies. Such appointments made now would be valid through the end of Bush's presidency.

As a practical matter, if Reid decides to keep the Senate in session, such folks as Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who came in from across the river to wield the gavel during the Thanksgiving break, would once again briefly open and close the Senate twice a week, in what are called pro forma sessions.

Senate Democrats have been particularly upset over several of Bush's recess appointees, including Charles Pickering to an appeals court seat and, more recently, Republican donor and Swift Boat ad-campaign contributor Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium.

<snip>

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

I think I'm about to go :crazy:, LOL!

:shrug:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:50 PM
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1. my thing is
what's this "considering" shit?? :grr:

Reid knows what he has to do
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:54 PM
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3. Yep...
How you doin down there?

Got water yet?

:hi:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:06 PM
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9. LOL, Not yet
the sky spits every now and then, but that's about it :hi:
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:56 PM
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6. I wonder why we let * make recess appointments for years?
Seems like when things went ugly we should have stayed open for business 365. Hope they stay open this holiday season. It would definitely make life hard on chimpy! Peace, Kim
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tkmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:01 PM
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8. Tell me about it
So Harry is thinking about offering the barest minimum of resistance to the worst president in my lifetime, with approximately the same approval ratings as the Ebola virus, while simultaneously giving the jackass everything else he asks for.

Oh, be still my heart.

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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:54 PM
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2. While it's not a censure, impeachment, or a major investigation of ChimpCo
it's at least something.
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LondonReign2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:55 PM
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4. Harry & Nancy
..have considered blocking Bush endlessly, but they haven't had the spines to ever actually do it.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:56 PM
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5. Webb is...
I don't know what to say. But he sure has me feeling respect and
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:00 PM
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7. That's all you have to do?
Show up twice a week and bang a hammer?

If they don't do this, they're dirtbags.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:08 PM
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10. This is the most excellent post of yours to date
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 03:09 PM by CatWoman
:hi:

thank you!!! :)
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