Originally Posted by Direckshun
The problem of course, is that there's really no difference between a recess and a pro forma session. It's effectively a recess, called a session for no other reason than to block recess appointments.
The administration called the bluff. They got bit by it in court, but we haven't heard the last word of it yet.
It doesn't strip the Senate of shit. It will just invalidate pro forma sessions as a loophole used by the minority to block recess appointments.
Reid held some pro forma sessions under Bush.
The internal rules of each institution govern its operations. It is NOT up to a President to determine whether the Senate is in session because it leads to such a constitutional confrontation.
Before you read the “Outside The Lines” report, consider this:
Taping the opposing team’s sideline still isn’t banned; only taping the opposing team from the sideline is illegal.
Also remember this:
Taping the opposing team from the sideline wasn’t banned until 2006, yet the report cites examples as far back as 2000. ~NESN