But Democrats appear dead set against allowing any more recess appointees, who would serve until the end of the next Congressional session — that is, essentially through the end of Mr. Bush’s term. So unless there is an agreement between the White House and Democrats, it appears likely the Senate will not be in formal recess any time through 2008.From CNN..
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced December 19 that he would keep the Senate open with a series of pro forma sessions through mid-January. Talks had just broken down with the White House on a deal that would have allowed the president to make dozens of those appointments if he agreed not to appoint one controversial official, Steven Bradbury, as the permanent head of the influential Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.And from the Firedogs..
And for challenging this President on his recess appointments, Senator Harry Reid, I say: Thank You. This is some of the hell we were asking for when we shouted “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!” and waved all those signs at YearlyKosOne in Las Vegas. I’ve still got my “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!” sign on my fridge, although you’ve sorely tempted me to tear it down several times this past year….Now recess appointments are a w e s o m e and endorsed by the WaPo (amusing how some Democrats manage to acknowledge partisanship but only want to end it when one of their guys is in power). Certainly not indicative of a budding dictator and a rant from Keith, wherever he might end up.