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Senate holds pro forma session to block recess appointments.

By Faiz Shakir  

"Senate holds pro forma session to block recess appointments."

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Today, the Senate entered the first day of its Memorial Day recess – but not before holding a brief pro forma session. “Without that procedural move, the Senate would technically be adjourned and President Bush could install administration officials or judges as ‘recess appointments’ — without Senate confirmation.” Sen. Sheldon Brown (D-OH), who presided over the session, said, “We’re not going to let them get away with that kind of abuse of power.”

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