The Senate will be setting up a series pro forma sessions, a procedural method that has been used by previous members of the senate.
These pro forma sessions are simply short sessions that will be held every few days during the Senate’s August break, which will end after Labor Day. They will essentially “keep the headlights on,” instead of shutting down completely.
Pro forma sessions will prevent President Trump from filling executive spots without the approval of a Senate member.
Last month, there were several reports that President Trump might attempt to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the August break. He would then be able to choose a replacement for Sessions.
If that were the case, the new Attorney General would be in charge of the federal investigations into the 2016 presidential election. They would also have the power to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
The idea here is that President Trump would take advantage of the August break and manipulate the situation. Tensions have eased as of recent between President Trump and Jeff Sessions, although. Sessions has also received an enormous amount of support from members of Congress.
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reported, “If that comes to pass, we will have a constitutional crisis on our hands. The Senate should remove even the possibility of it coming about.”
Democrats were able to push the pro forma sessions into the arrangement.
The pro forma strategy has not always prevented Presidents from making appointments in the past, although. In 2012, we saw Barrack Obama make appoints with the National Labor Relations Board even though the Senate was in a pro forma session.
He was approved at the time, but the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional just two years later.
The Senate is scheduled to continue normal operations starting Tuesday, September 5.
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