Reid Holds Senate in Session

Senator Harry Reid is holding the Senate in session over the Thanksgiving break to prevent President Bush from making recess appointments. Reid is upset because some of the people Democrats want are not being considered by the President.

“While an election year looms, significant progress can still be made on nominations,” Reid said. “I am committed to making that progress if the President will meet me halfway.

“But that progress can’t be made if the President seeks controversial recess appointments and fails to make Democratic appointments to important commissions.” Roll Call

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution specifically states that it is the President’s job to nominate people for various positions and it is his alone. The approval is with the advice and consent of the Senate but the job of nominating belongs to the President so if he does not want the people the Democrats like it is his choice, not theirs.

Reid can keep the Senate in session if he wants but I certainly hope this means that they will be in DC and not home with their families. If he holds them in a pro forma session then he must have the minimum required to do the job. I realize he is saying that they will be non voting but in order to be in session they must be present, or at least the minimum required to conduct business. If they all go home the President should make the appointments he wants and let the courts sort it out.

Being in session means being present and if he is doing this then he needs to ensure his people do not leave town. If he is a real leader he will stay there with them because that is what a true leader does.

Having said that, Reid will probably be on the first plane out of town.

Big Dog

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3 Responses to “Reid Holds Senate in Session”

  1. Raven says:

    Yawn. LOL, debates and politics and Democrats all bore me right now. Nothing changes and nothing is new. I cannot stand it- the Democrats and all the losing stances, cut and run, hem and haw…deceiving the people, playing race cards and making empty threats. I wish they would go away. Some of my liberal (non) friends even have had it with these so called leaders. All this bulloney in DC is turning many people away from politics and participation, and heck, just plain ole interest.

  2. irtexas44 says:


    If I were the president I would make appointments with each of them every 15 minutes. With Reid and Pelosi every other appointment. I would make them wait for 14 minutes and as soon as the 15 minute mark came up I would dismiss them for the next one. I also would tell them that their wages are not going to be paid until they do their jobs. If they want to play games with funding for the troops then they would not get paid until a clean bill with out earmarks and no conditions is submitted. I would let them know that until the troops are funded there isn’t any reason for them to be paid. I think that is fair. But then that’s me.

  3. irtexas44 says:

    Oh yes, the appointments would all be on Thanksgiving weekend starting on that Wednesday and go until Monday.