Working up the schedule for the week ahead, we’re surprised to see that the U.S. Senate is convening at 2 p.m. today in a pro forma session. A Saturday session…
The Senate leadership has held these twice weekly sessions to prevent President Bush from making any recess appointments, a legislative practice and loss of executive branch authority the President chose not to challenge by making such an appointment. (The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank briefly addressed the issue in a blog post in early November.)
We’re curious to see what happens once President Obama is sworn in. Will the pro forma sessions continue as a demonstration of Senatorial authority, or will they be shelved as no longer necessary given the shared partisan control of the executive and legislative branches?
Seems like a good subject for a dispassionate journalistic inquiry.
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