Senate Blocks Trump From Recess Appointments

The New York Daily News reports:

The Senate unanimously agreed to block President Trump from making appointments during their August break amid concerns that he’ll replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the recess.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who Trump blasted on Twitter after she voted against the party on health care last month, locked in nine “pro forma” sessions over the next four weeks, The Hill reported.

No business is conducted during such meetings — which typically last only a minute or so. Their purpose instead is to keep the Senate open during the vacation, which prevents Trump from making appointments without approval.

The full Senate will reconvene after Labor Day.

  • netxtown

    August must be National Congressional Spine Month.

    • Jefe5084

      Not a real one made from bone, though. Just cartilage and some plastic parts.

    • CJAS

      Well, Senate spine.

  • Ninja0980

    When he went after one of their own, that is when Republicans showed their spines and not before.

  • Tawreos

    If they had had a spine from the start they would have saved themselves the headaches.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Can’t wait for the manbaby meltdown

  • Stogiebear

    How much you want to bet that Dump will fire Sessions and try to replace him anyway? He is the Emperor God Daddy, after all.

    • zhera

      He can fire Sessions without an immediate replacement, can’t he?

      • David Walker

        I don’t know, but what’s a little more chaos?

      • OdieDenCO

        donny can fire any of his appointees. I still wonder why he hired any of them, since “he alone can fix it”

      • Tomcat

        Of Course he can.

  • Rex

    The GOP just needs to admit that Trump’s a disaster.

    • whollyfool

      I think they just did. As close as we’ll get, anyway.

    • kaydenpat

      Yep. They can’t even pretend that this is normal.

      • Rambie

        They stopped normal long ago.

    • Gregory B

      The first step is admitting you have a problem…

      • Duh-David

        I think Miss Anastasia (where has she been?) would tell you that the first step is finding the Vodka. Only once you realize it is empty, do you have a problem.

  • kelven

    You’re time is coming soon you evil little elf. Just not yet.

    • kaydenpat

      Let it be so.

  • Jmdintpa

    oh boy… senate republicans finally…. FINALLY… starting standing up slightly for the USA… how brave of them… how thoughtful of them , how cowardly of them to wait so fucking long. i still say that nothing happens to trump. its just the way the world works now. rich people, especially if you’re white and hetero, can get away with anything.

    • zhera

      This is just how they control him. As long as they can do that, they’ll accept the chaos and insanity from the tRump camp.

      • Rambie

        Exactly! They’ll let him be the crazy side show keeping people’s attention away from them while they do the dirty work for the 1%’ers

    • HZ81

      Exactly. I refuse to applaud them for finally doing the right thing—and I expect no justice at the end of this at all either.

    • geoffalnutt

      Oh, please! It’s just fear. Fear (now) that Trump will impact their income negatively. There is no nobility in that.

    • sword

      Unfortunately…the un-washed masses in the House are still with Our Glorious Leader. The House judicial committee has been totally neutered by its GOP chairman. And Dem Representatives don’t even open their mouths these days without checking with the Republicans.

    • The_Wretched

      I think it’s more that the instability and chaos from firing Sessions (and likely the firing or Mueller or installing a Bannonite to fire Mueller) triggers their fear.

  • kelven

    This was a nice slap in the face from Murkowski. She basically told Donnie, I got your number and it’s going straight in the trash.

    • AndyinChicago

      This is genius on the part of Murkowski. Trump is a lead balloon, and the sooner any Republican cuts ties, the better it will be for them in the long run. Lisa’s just the sharpest of the wolves; is it weird that the smartest members of their caucus are the ones the farthest to the left?

      • Gregory B

        And female as well.

      • kelven

        From what I’ve read, she didn’t even need to do it because the Democrats were going to initiate something similar. This was totally her giving him the finger for dragging her over Obamacare.

  • Galvestonian

    oooooh man … Herr Orangina Fuckstick is gonna be soooo friggin’ ticked … is there a word for beyond mad ? He’s gonna launch the nukes.

  • neonzx

    Oh, adults have finally entered the room to temper the man-child?

  • Do Something Nice
  • TrueWords
  • Rex

    OT: Happy Birthday Barack Obama!
    We Miss You!

  • Jefe5084
    • Jonathan Smith

      so. fucking stolen.!!!!!! i’m keeping THAT

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  • DaddyRay

    Maybe if Donnie is just a bit more critical of them in tweets they will change their minds – hehe

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  • Tomcat

    Problem is, congress is defending their party and trump is defending his family and NOBODY is defending America,,, so far that is.

  • TrueWords

    WOW this is spot on…their fear and ignorance is what keeps them marching onward and forward it is time for them to be schooled

    • worstcultever

      absolutely – repuke Radio Rwanda (Fox, am radio) pounded into millions of heads every day for years – hate, hysteria, division for profit – there is truly a special place in hell for these purveyors – they are a unique and special evil, worse than anything – they have brought our country to the brink of destruction

      • Rambie

        All to enrich the already rich.

    • OdieDenCO

      yep. the GOP own donny lock, stock and barrel.

    • Strepsi

      Good drag name.

    • Brian Burleson

      She’s always bugged me for some reason. Besides being a political opportunitest.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • mikeinftl

    Yes the senate is resisting!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Ooooooh, the tweet storm this is going to cause will be epic!!! Goody.

  • worstcultever
  • Dagoril

    Oh, Snap!

  • Reality.Bites

    Trump is upset because recess was his bestest subject in school.

  • ceeenbee

    Will the winning never stop?

    When your own party can’t stand you so much that they block you from making recess appointments you are a big Loser with a capital L.

  • whollyfool

    Why aren’t the NY Times or the Washington Post reporting this?

  • Ken M

    Well, its 1/2 good news. He may not be able to recommend replacements, he can still fire anyone within his power to do so though. Anything that says “No Donnie, you can’t do that” is wonderful. I still hope it rains everyday on the greens.

  • Tomcat

    Trump supporters remind me of people that keep supporting fallen superheroes.
    They probably still support Subway’s ex-sponsor Jarred.

  • This is what they did to Obama. They stayed technically in session so he couldn’t appoint any justices in recess.

    Also, fuck Jeff Sessions. He deserves whatever he gets. So does anyone else anywhere near Trump.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Trumpers: Why cain’t Trump jus fire Congress?

  • marshlc

    The beginnings of acknowledgement that there might just be a problem here. This, Kelly closing the door of the Oval Office, the Russian sanctions bill…..

    I don’t see Trump just taking it, even if taking it, being a figurehead and keeping his mouth shut, would save him. He’s incapable of just playing golf, watching TV, and signing on the dotted line where he’s told to sign, which I’m sure is what Republicans in power want from him. He’s gotta tweet, he’s gotta be outrageous, he’s gotta stir the pot.

    This will be interesting to watch.

  • TexasBoy

    Through the end of August Year 1,
    Trump 53 leisure days, Obama 15 Leisure days. SAD!

    • Ken M

      Well, he, Melania and Barron, spent Father’s Day at Camp David. That’s one weekend we didn’t all pay a fortune for. The ONLY one of course.

    • Guy in CA

      The Black man took way too many, while the Rich Old White man was so hard at work making ‘murika great again he sacrificed all but a few of his leisure days.

  • Halou

    Trump might be dumb enough to try and fire Sessions anyway, I just hope that none of his (relatively) more intelligent advisers get ahead of him and talk him out of it.

  • Talisman

    Senate to the dumpster: adult supervision required.

  • Jack


    Although, I’d be most interested in seeing what Sessions would do were he back in Congress.

  • Jerry Kott

    Someone finally grabbed the steering wheel.

  • The_Wretched

    Good in this instance but I still think the SCOTUS got the ruling wrong. The Constitution would not have recess appointment provisions if the Congress (Senate) didn’t have recess. By allowing pro-forma sessions to keep the Senate in session, the SCOTUS has obviated those provisions.

    • -M-

      On the other hand, that was written when news and people took weeks to travel. It needs updating so that neither Congress nor the President can abuse it.

      • The_Wretched

        And at that time, there was a point about only appointing reasonable placeholders.

  • YakHerder

    A lot of idiots in this thread have convinced themselves that anything Trump does or wants to do should be opposed, even when it’s something VERY GOOD like getting rid of racist hobgoblin Jeff Sessions.

    • Reality.Bites

      Since there is no chance Trump would appoint anyone as “good” as Sessions and every chance he’ll appoint someone who makes Sessions look like Clarence Darrow, yes it should be opposed.


      • YakHerder

        There is no worse person for the job who is confirmable by the U.S. Senate, with the possible exception of Ted Cruz. Even in that case, the firing of Sessions would drive the deplorable base crazy.

        • -M-

          They’re blocking him from making a recess appointment that doesn’t need confirmation.

          • YakHerder

            (Jesus fucking Christ…) If an appointment doesn’t require the Senate’s confirmation, then by definition the Senate can’t block the appointment.

          • -M-

            Sorry. I meant recess appointments don’t need confirmation. They’re staying in session formally to block him from using that to appoint a new Attorney General without Senate confirmation hearings. And also I believe Grassley has said (for whatever it’s worth) that they won’t be confirming a new AG this year. So they’re telling Donnie to live with Sessions because he can’t just replace him with anyone he wants, at a minimum the Senate would have to approve the when, how, and who of a new appointee. He could try to fire people down the line of succession at DoJ to get a Bork-like toady to fire Mueller for him, but that wouldn’t go over well with politicians who are tired of his threats and incompetence.

    • Keroleen

      I want Jeffy gone as much as the next gal, and probably more than most, but here’s the caveat – *not* for the *one* thing he did right. Being a racist, sure. Demonizing weed? Get him outta there. For-profit prisons? On a rail. Recusing himself from an investigation he was implicated in? Nope.

      • YakHerder

        The reasons aren’t important. He’s destroying immigrant families, opposing civil rights for LGBT people, gearing up to fuck over Black people, and overseeing a host of other evils (weed & profit prisons, as you mention). Nothing—nothing—justifies prolonging that very real suffering for one more instant.

        • Keroleen

          We’re gonna have to disagree on this particular point. While I agree he should’ve been out of there yesterday, when the reason for firing is “He selfishly acted within the law and removed himself from a situation where he could help me avoid being prosecuted for my crimes”, it matters.
          But between you and me, I wouldn’t mind seeing Jeffy escorted out the door and having Trump nailed to the wall for it. Kind of a win-win, as it were.

          • YakHerder

            Must be nice to live in the world of fan-fiction, where we can wait for the perfect moment or just the right reasons before seizing a chance to remove a person whose every moment in power is causing immeasurable suffering.

  • It’s good the GOP is blocking Trump from doing this. The creepy thing, though, is that for most of them, this is about protecting their old chum Jefferson Sessions more than it is about protecting the investigation. If it weren’t a former Senator whose job was at risk, would they stand up to Trump? I wonder.

  • boobert

    It’s the republicans that are starting to tie his tiny hands. It’s about time. Blocking him from replacing sessions and removing his abilities to remove Russian sanctions are pretty big deals.

    • kareemachan

      One would think they are getting nervous about 2018….

  • JWC

    Donny does not ike to be told NO

  • JCF
  • DonnaLee

    Sheesh, it’s almost like they don’t trust him or something….