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Alpeduez21

(1,800 posts)
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 03:50 PM Sep 2023

I'm confused about the rules of congress and looking for clarification

Would it be possible for the Dems to remain while republicans leave and get on with the role of governing? Something along the lines of having a quorum or some such thing. There were some times during the Bush and Trump eras about which I heard members of one of the houses staying ‘in session’ to prevent the president from doing an action that normally requires congress. I think this was in the senate and probably was to prevent appointments of judges. Just wondering if a scenario existed in the house along a similar vein. I have no idea. Pretty that if I thought about it the smarter people in congress have already considered the same. Thanks

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I'm confused about the rules of congress and looking for clarification (Original Post) Alpeduez21 Sep 2023 OP
The Constitution sets the quorum of each house at a majority of members. euphorb Sep 2023 #1
The Dems did that when they had the house and Senate to keep them from doing recess appointments MiniMe Sep 2023 #2
Thanks. Alpeduez21 Sep 2023 #3

euphorb

(284 posts)
1. The Constitution sets the quorum of each house at a majority of members.
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 04:14 PM
Sep 2023

So the Dems alone cannot carry on any business.

MiniMe

(21,745 posts)
2. The Dems did that when they had the house and Senate to keep them from doing recess appointments
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 04:31 PM
Sep 2023

The major difference is that they could not recess congress. There would always be somebody home to stop them. It doesn't work if you don't have control.

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