Trump drops the hammer on a derelict Congress

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Why isn’t Congress in session during this pandemic? Where is Nancy Pelosi? Where is Chuck Schumer? Where is Mitch McConnell? Why aren’t they in session, helping the president manage the most significant nationwide crisis in decades?

The president is trying to get good people to help him manage the crisis, but Congress isn’t in session voting on his nominees. They are at home, hiding from the coronavirus.

President Trump is understandably upset and he is justified to point out Congress’s dereliction of duty. He is in Washington D.C. running daily coronavirus Response Task Force press briefings and shouldering the entire federal response to the coronavirus crisis, while the members of Congress, instead of helping him get the people he needs, are at home, presumably sheltering in place, watching Netflix, eating expensive chocolate ice cream, and phoning in every three days for the three-minute pro forma sessions that keep them out of adjournment.

Trump calls on Congress to formally adjourn

The president is calling on Congress to do its duty and either vote on his nominees or declare a formal adjournment so he can make recess appointments.

The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so I can make recess appointments. We have a tremendous number of people that have to come into government. And now more so than ever before because of the virus and the problem.”

The Senate and the House are both holding “pro forma” meetings every three days so that they don’t have to formally adjourn. They conduct no business at all in the “pro forma” meeting, and the meeting lasts for less than a minute. This allows them to prevent the president from making recess appointments, which he has labeled a “scam.”

The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people can not afford during this crisis.It is a scam, what they do. It’s a scam. And everybody knows it and it’s been that way for a long time.”

So this is how executive or presidential appointments work:

  • The president chooses a new director for the National Health Institute.
  • The appointment is brought before the Senate and the House for hearings and vetting.
  • The appointment is accepted or rejected by Congress.
  • If the House and Senate are on recess for more than 3 days, the president can make “recess” appointments without the consent of the Congress.
  • In order to block the president’s recess appointments, each chamber holds “pro forma” sessions every third day (except Sundays), avoiding a formal adjournment. (the pro forma session in the House) on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, took three minutes.)

Can the president adjourn Congress?

The president can adjourn Congress if there is a disagreement between both chambers with respect to the time of adjournment. In that case, he can adjourn Congress until such time as he shall think proper.

Here is the Constitution of the United States Article II Section 3.

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

In order for the president to adjourn both houses, the Senate would have to agree to adjourn. Then, if the House disagreed with the timing of the adjournment, the president could then adjourn both houses until such time as he shall think proper.

At this point, it is unlikely that will happen.

Congress should end the pro forma sessions and formally adjourn

The idea of ceding the power to adjourn and reconvene Congress at the discretion of the president would be distasteful to both parties. If they don’t want to come back to work, they should formally adjourn and let the president make his recess appointments.

If this isn’t an extraordinary time, what is?


37 Responses

  1. S­t­a­y. a­t h­o­m­e s­a­f­e a­v­o­i­d. suffering from corona virus but not sit idol. Work online and make full use of this hostage period and get weekly from.>>>>

  2. Hey Pelosi, and you Democrats. Either get to work or adjourn so President Trump can do his job. He is more than capable. You Democrats sure aren’t. What are you doing on vacation? Get our country moving again. Follow Trumps leadership. You Democrats sure don’t have any worthwhile leadership.

    1. So true! The only thing that democrats are good for is to delay help to Americans who need it and to try to get rid of the President who is trying to help everyone. I hope that voters everywhere have the good sense to vote all of them out for this. Their only care is for their rich backers and illegals. They could care less about American workers, they need to either do their jobs or be replaced!

  3. The DEEP STATE has dictated to congress for too long. So many Americans will wake up to the facts in the next step of the FREEDOM for American’s.

  4. Recess appointments happened in prior administrations, WHY not now? Maybe would be best to forfeit 10 to 30% of your salaries as my comp\any has done for non-union personnel.

  5. Shut them down and get on with reMaking America Greater This time around. God bless you President Trump. I hope
    they are NOT getting Salaries or giving themselves any stimulus monies!

  6. If this was not just a continuation of Nancy Pelosi a Mussolini prodigy and fascist, of Democrat coup.

  7. “ALL HANDS ON DECK” and that should place congress in Washington- IF nothing except support and taking care of immediate bill adjustments.It’s an EITHER?OR choice and soooo, it appears you should concede (OH! HELL NO) to POTUS

  8. House Reps don’t care about We The People.
    Knew they wouldn’t when the Dumbocrats took over.
    They will stay home collect all their money and perks while our President tries like hell to keep our country and people safe.
    God Bless President Trump for never giving up or giving into this bunch of lamebrain, self serving, idiotic politicians.

  9. President Trump needs to take action against congress and take the needed action to protect our country. Pelosi will do everything in her power to block everything that President Trump needs to protect our country. I hope the American people can see how she is for herself and NOT for the American people and vote her out. Because of her and how congress has acted, I have changed my party to Republican only.

  10. Nancy and every dumbo rat in the House of Representatives ain’t worth a piece of crap !
    And that’s putting it mildly ! Wake up America, they are taking us for a ride ! Thank God we have a businessman for president !

  11. Time to take them behind the woodshed and show them how the American people do business!!! It’s way past time to stop sh$t!!

  12. Pelosi and company are doing more harm to our country than the Covid 19. She always seems to send congress home when things get tough. She is not helping our country at all. She has no respect or love for our country and it’s people. She only cares about greed, money and power at the expense of the citizens of our country. I’m sick of her talking about her being a Catholic and that she prays for our country and our president. No self respecting real Catholic would act like she does. I too am a Catholic and I do pray for her soul and that God may forgive her for what she is doing “for she knows not what she is doing. May God have mercy on her soul for what she is doing to harm our country and it’s people.

  13. Democrats are thinking only as far as their noses in their obstinance. It will bite them in the butt, come November! But they can’t see that far ahead. This country is on the verge of tipping over the edge, and they are refusing to cooperate to stop that tipping! Imbeciles, all !!!

    1. They never care, even the whole Democrats in the country don’t vote for them, they have million illegals sneaking in and vote for them without ID, they can go from state to state to vote many times without ID, and every election, names of dead people voted too. They have wealthiest powerful on earth people behind, they have fake news on their sides, and they have their “god” who requires pure blood of babies to be sacrificed. Cuomo signed into law to kill babies, and Northam in VA just signed on Good Friday, and he said illegals should be included.

  14. Get rid of Pelosi she has done so much damage to the country. the time is now. The Democrats are a bunch of morons. They are going to Hell in a handbag for what they have don to President Donald J. Trump and the United states. The Democrats should not get paid they are doing nothing. God Bless America.–

  15. It’s called abandonment of their job, but they’ve smeared him, attacked trump, investigations and impeachment this is clearly treason!!! And where Democrats think by kissing the butts of illegals, sacrificing Americans, all while thinking illegals are going to support Democrats, they came for a free ride on another’s dime so once you bleed out for the votes, the bank in which taxpayers had filled will dribble to nothing- then they will become the nonessential and feel how we felt!!!

  16. As I see it, these actions by the House is criminal and the president should take appropriate steps to prosecute them.

  17. I think whoever isn’t there should be fined. Fine should equal one years pay. This goes for any Senator or House Representative. Republican or Democrat. Get to work and get us out of this mess. ITS YOUR JOB!!!!

    Either that it resign and let someone who cares for America have your place.

    President Trump is trying his best but the Democraps won’t let him help the US. They are so focused on tearing this country apart.

  18. Pelosi has proven her agenda. Remove Trump and Pence and she becomes president. Now that would be a real horror show. The whole country would become like her district, human waste littering the streets, homelessness, people standing in line for hours for food, and a tyrannical psychopath in charge.

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