But Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday that he doesn’t expect the Senate to recess at all for the remainder of the year.
“I’d say it’s safe to say we’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure the president doesn’t issue any recess appointments,” Cornyn said.
That means that even when the Senate is not conducting legislative business, senators will have to gavel in to a short “pro forma” session simply to keep a session going. Previously, that has meant that one or two senators will go to the Senate floor every three days, strike the gavel to enter session and gavel out shortly after.
“I think [pro forma] is certainly part of it,” Cornyn said of the strategy.
Given the ReThugs slash and burn approach to politics, none of this is surprising.
What is surprising is the fact that Congress was in recess last week, a whole 5 days, which made that period eligible for an Obama recess appointment. But it appears that Ol’ Chinless knew his man better than us.
With the Senate in recess when Scalia died, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told colleagues he did not expect Obama to attempt the maneuver in the few days between his death and the start of the Senate session following the President’s Day break.
…White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters last week that the White House stood by Obama’s original statement that he would “go through regular order and the regular processes” in nominating a Scalia successor.
There are any number of reasons for progressives/liberals to view Obama’s presidency as a disappointment: from his Drones Over America program to refusing to have the DoJ aggressively punish/imprison/hang the corporate heads of the arbitrage/financial houses responsible for the 2007-8 Great Recession; from his defense of the NSA illegal spying on Americans to his dithering in Syria; from immigration to…well, let us take a priori this list could be excessively long, n’est-ce pas?
But to have not replaced Scalia with a new progressive/liberal when he had the opportunity? That’s unforgivable.