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Fri Jan 6, 2012, 03:44 PM

1. i think the argument that it's unprecedented is that congress is IN, not BETWEEN pro formas

the usual tactic is to have pro forma sessions that last mere minutes (gavel in/gavel out) about every week so there's never a 10-day recess, and the president has traditionally avoided recess appointments during a less than 10 day recess.

THIS time, republicans are saying that congress is not gavelling out. they're claiming that they're still in session, even though there's no business being conducted on the floor (only committee work).

so the question is, is congress in recess when they're not conducting any floor business, or are they in recess only when they state that they're in recess?

personally, i think the answer has to be that they're in recess when they're not conducting business, regardless of whether or not they claim to be in session. otherwise, levin's point stands, that all they're doing is taking a constitutional presidential power away.

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