Senate Refuses To Adjourn So President Can’t Make Appointments

Politics has become very, very petty.

It’s a well known fact that very few of President Obama’s administrative slots have been filled in comparison to most presidents.  A rabidly partisan Congress has made it almost completely impossible for the president to get any appointments approved, and he has been forced to wait until Congress is on recess in order to push through the few that he has been able to get done.

Now, the Republicans have chosen to not recess for Memorial Day Weekend in order to block the President from appointing Elizabeth Warren as the head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Via Roll Call:

Sen. Jim DeMint, who is part of the GOP movement to block recess appointments, applauded the decision not to vote to adjourn.

“President Obama has been packing federal agencies with left-wing ideologues, but thankfully he won’t be able to for at least the next week,” the South Carolina Republican said in a statement. “The House will not be sending an adjournment resolution to the Senate, we will remain in pro forma session, and no controversial nominees will be allowed to circumvent the confirmation process during the break.”

Much like how the Republicans have been “filibustering” bills by refusing to let them be voted on without a full 60 member super-majority, but not doing all of the real filibustering work that is traditionally required, the GOP still fully plans to go on vacation and not stick around and do any actual work until June 6th — they just did a procedural move to ensure that they can both not work and continue blocking appointments.

In two terms, President George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments.  In his first two years in office, Obama has made only 28.


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W. C
W. C5 days ago


William C
William C5 days ago

Thank you.

Craig C.
Craig C6 years ago

Angela that makes to much sense it will never go over with these corrupt people now will it. However i agree with you on this.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago

Okay, I will takeback the "Playboy" title, and lets just say he is one of the worst Presidents this country has ever had. Thirty days ago in Tuckalooska (sp), Alabama he said Federal help was on the way. They still have over 100 peole living in tents, and they cannot use the streets still filled with debris. However, Obama, finds the time to send $20,000,000,000 to Eygpt and the Brotherhood of Muslim's why? Why not help Alabama first.
How many of his appointees have turned out to be cheats, tax cheats, or just plain corrupt? All the way from his first choice to be vice President to how many CZARS that do not havet to be vetted by the Senate, yet are paid in 6 digit figures? How much will we stand for from this inexperienced flake?

Angela R.
Angela R6 years ago

The American Summer:

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

2. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. Term Limits.
12 years only, one of the possible options below...
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

Mick R.
Mick R6 years ago

Bill Reese - "playboy", wow! Keep making up the 'facts' and maybe your mind will be happy.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago

First of all Obama is a playboy and when he had a ful Democratic Senate and House, he would have the Democrats meet behind closed doors so the Republican could not have any input into the existing bills, while he continued spending, spending more than even the spender Bush until he outspent all the privious Presidents accumulative.
So I am assuming that most people have a double standard on this care2 site. It is okay for the Democrats to shut out all other parties, but when the Republicans decide to not allow appointments when they are not there to vett them to keep them honest, everyone is up in arms. Strange people on here or maybe they never see what is really happening?

Yvette T.
Past Member 6 years ago

Petty, infantile, and not worthy! Get rid of them!

Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

It's time for the dirty criminal republicans to shut up and get out of the way and let Obama run the country. Republicans have blocked and obstructed all Obama's appointments and bills that he tried to pass, so that they can gain control and continue to destroy this country with tax breaks for rich corporations. The republicans already destroyed America with eight years of their moron Bush leading us into war in Iraq based on lies and taking a surplus and handing Obama, on the day he took office, a 10.7 trillion national debt after eight years. The republicans have always been the party bought and paid for by big corporations like the billionare Koch brothers who paid millions to republicans to lie about Global Warming.

Cynthia M.
Cynthia M.6 years ago

God's delays are not God's denials ... it'll come and I admire our President for not reducing himself to the same dirty tactics the repugs have become known for.