Senate Republicans will prevent President Obama from making any recess appointments this week by keeping the Senate in pro forma session. Essentially, a Senate member from a nearby state will come in and briefly open and close the session on the days the Senate is scheduled to be in recess thereby preventing any business from occurring.
This is a blatant move to stop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from even getting off the ground by blocking the appointment of Elizabeth Warren. If ever there were evidence that Republicans are squarely in the pocket of Wall Street, this is it. It is tantamount to a slap in the face of Democracy. If Republicans are intent on stopping the CFPB, then they should repeal it through the proper procedures and not these parlour tricks.
Perhaps Harry Reid should call the Democrats back into town early and see if they can get some legislation done while the Republicans are bluffing.
- Senate Will Stay in Pro Forma Session, Blocking Recess Appointments (news.firedoglake.com)
- Senate Republicans: No Recess Appointments Over Holiday Break (blogs.wsj.com)
- Senate Republicans Block Recess Appointments (politicalwire.com)
- GOP blocks possible Warren recess appointment (cbsnews.com)