Thursday, April 16, 2020

President Trump Threatens to Adjourn Congress to Make Recess Appointments and Other Coronavirus Updates

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President Trump threatened on Wednesday to take the unprecedented step of adjourning Congress with his executive powers so he can make recess appointments of stalled nominees.
Speaking at the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing, Mr. Trump said his administration has been hamstrung by a lack of personnel because Senate Democrats have held up nominees.
He criticized the Senate and House for holding “phony” pro forma sessions, instead of adjourning, which prevents him from making recess appointments.
“If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress,” Mr. Trump said. “The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis. It is a scam, what they do.”
Republicans hold the majority in the Senate, but an adjournment requires consent from both parties.
LINK: Trump argues US has ‘passed the peak on new 
cases,’ teases new guidelines for reopening economy
Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution states that the president “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.”
Mr. Trump said the Senate’s habit of staying in session technically “where no one is even there, has prevented me from using the constitutional authority that we’re given under the recess provisions.”
“The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments,” Mr. Trump said.
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