Originally Posted by AustinChief
Without researching it, my understanding is that Reid was the first to use it FOR THIS PURPOSE... but the practice has been around for ages.
What Direckshun wants is for the Executive Branch to be able to interpret Senate rules in any way that meets their needs. A dangerous and stupid idea. Par for the course for him.
You are way too enthusiastic about this.
Seems like a lot of people are getting paid by the taxpayer to not get anything productive done.
I would not be surprised if the final ruling on this will be that the reason for the recess clause was that at the time of the Framers travel to Congress took a long time depending on the state, and the recess appointment power was included by the framers because of those travel considerations to prevent
I doubt they contemplated this idea of pro forma sessions being a way to keep
offices vacant, because they thought it necessary to fill vacancies that arose when most of the Senators were out of town.
Just a stupid pissin' contest that is wasting a lot of taxpayer money if you ask me.