I don’t understand this.

From The Hill:

Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) held a short pro-forma session of the Senate at the Postal Square Building because of safety issues at the Capitol.

Republicans have demanded that Senate Democrats hold periodic pro-forma sessions of the upper chamber to block President Obama from making recess appointments.

So. Republicans demanded this? And Democrats are doing this?

Why? Or is this just made-up bullshit?

10 thoughts on “I don’t understand this.

  1. Because there is only One Party, speaking ’round a folked tongue and out of both sides of it’s mouth. I
    If you think I’ll vote for that Orio again, you are sadly mistaken.
    On a side note, sus, you know how I feel about “registering”, and so at C&L I’m not. Thing I’ve noticed (computer pro, you know, three worthless degrees) past couple of weeks on both my Mac and my handful of M$ boxes C&L hangs. Ninety, hundred and twenty seconds even. It’s not an advertisement hang.

  2. pro forma session – A brief meeting (sometimes only several seconds) of the Senate in which no business is conducted. It is held usually to satisfy the constitutional obligation that neither chamber can adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other.

  3. I dislike this set up as well. I couldn’t wait for Republicans to get out of town. Obstructionists. I was hoping for the president to make recess appointments!
    Turn-about, apparently, has been fair play:
    When Democrats took over Congress in 2007, Reid blocked Bush from making any recess appointments by holding such sessions, which could last as little as a few seconds, with the clerk opening the chamber and a Senator striking a gavel to close it.

  4. Well, yeah, that’s how pro forma sessions work, but I think Katabatic’s question is “why is Coons, a Democrat, doing their bidding?” It’s a damned good question.

  5. It’s because the Republican House won’t give the Democratic Senate consent to adjourn. The Dems in the Senate are legally compelled to hold the pro forma.

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