November 23rd, 2007
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate holds another quickie session to frustrate Bush

Sen. Dorgan presided over a short Senate session Friday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With the nation’s attention focused on Thanksgiving leftovers and bargain shopping, the Senate held another brief but significant session on Friday as part of a continuing effort to prevent President Bush from making unconfirmed “recess” appointments.

Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota took on the task of gaveling the Senate in and out of session; the formalities lasted approximately 28 seconds and no other senators were present. Dorgan followed Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, who presided over a similarly brief meeting on Tuesday. By not going into recess, Democrats can prevent President Bush from filling federal government posts without going through the confirmation process. Dorgan’s holiday plans were not disrupted; he told CNN he was happy to preside, as he had already planned to be on Capitol Hill on Friday for an appropriations meeting.

- CNN Contributor Jamie Gray

Filed under: President Bush • Senate
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Scott, Cincinnati, OH

    Score one for the Democrats here. Sounds like a good idea, given the repeated history of Bushes abuses while in power.

    November 23, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. trent porter, tx

    I give thanks for these amazing Senators who are standing up against Bush. It's truly sad that our Senate must block our own president from ruining our country even more.

    God please save us from Bush.

    November 23, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |

    Marvelous job fellow Democrats. We must do all we can to keep those disingenuous republicans at bay.

    November 23, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Amy, FL

    Ha ha ha, good for them. Apparently the Senators have learned a thing or two about the weasel (Bush).

    November 23, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Richard Garcia, Los Angeles, CA

    Thank you for helping keep watch on behalf of American Citizens. It's not some guy in a cave that's dismantling out Constitution, it's this bi-polar nut in office.

    God Bless, and Happy Turkey week to you and yours and all Americans, and again, thanks for keeping watch.
    We need to get rid of this Turkey that practices Secrecy at the expense of Freedom, and this is why I thought I would never vote Republican, but Ron Paul has a message and Plan for All Americans that uphold our Founders Constitution.

    November 23, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. j reed Plano texas

    Why can the democrat majority be hones and up front. Truly a do nothing congress and senate.
    Spend too much time trying to "find" things to frustrate the workings of goverment.

    Example – Money for soldiers. It is working, give them what they need.

    November 23, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Byron, Woodstock, MD

    Thank you, Senator Dorgan! Keep President Bush from intentionally abusing power and appointing the most conservative, controversial, and unfit people to important positions in our government. Next step, elect a Democratic President who won't govern from an extreme fringe, but will actually bring people together.

    November 23, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Andy, New York, New York

    Why couldn't CNN make the headline read: "Senate frustrated at failure on Iraq promises hurting government by going at busy Bush"? The Senate, more unpopular than the President, can't beat Bush on Iraq, so they're trying to beat him at home. Is this their best strategy for beating Bush or advancing their agenda? If so, they don't deserve the White House. They are sore and sure losers on Iraq and government business.

    November 23, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. PW Va

    Thank you, both...Senator Webb and Senator Dorgan for keeping the citizens' cncerns at the forefront. Seems like no one in the administration pays attention towhat we think or want.

    November 23, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Sonja San Francisco CA

    How pathetic. This Democratic Congress is not interested in the well being of America. These Democrats are not interested in the safety of our military in the middle of a war. This Democratic Party must be removed for the safety of America. There are several individuals, perhaps seven or eight, who were never voted for by the American people to hold the Democratic seats in Congress and make laws for the Americans. Yet these people call the shots for all Democrats to follow when making laws for America and decisions effecting everyone who lives in America. These people are the millionares of CA, the people such as Sorres, and the CEO of Progressive Insurance. These few people are running our country. The Democrats are jumping at every word and deed these people order them to do. There is however, an exception who will not bow to bail, Diane Finestein, she still is loyal to her constituancy, the people who voted her into office. She does not go the way of the rest of the Democrats. She should be commended for her stand against these thugs who hold the keys to Hillary Clinton, Obama, Biden, Reid, and Pelosi to name a few that have sold their souls to Sorres, etc.

    November 23, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Frank Virginia Beach VA

    Right on Sonja! It's about time someone exposed these thugs yanking the Dems around. If only they will listen, but that's doubtful.

    November 23, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Kristy Sanborn Dixon, Mo.

    This was on Thanksgiving, a few day break.
    I can't wait until the Christmas break, more days, more dirty politians being exposed.

    November 23, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Tony G, Virginia

    The Dems are finally growing a small spine within their backbone by doing the right thing. The President should not be allowed to fill Government posts that typically require Senate confirmation without the consent and vote of the Senate. They are the checks and balances put into place to make sure the right people are being placed within our Government. Who's to say te President wouldn't put someone in office who is not working for the best interests of the country while Congress is out of session? The President's done it before, but NOT THIS TIME. Happy Thanksgiving Mr. President.

    November 23, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Bill , NJ

    Democrats working hand in hand with the terrorists to fight Bush. If they had any sort of spine, they would be supporting the troops and Iraqi people and not just watching their own butts.

    November 23, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Tom. Millstadt IL

    Sonya from SF CA

    The seven or eight democrats who were never voted for to hold office,who are they?

    November 23, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Buzz Daly----Norcal

    Nice job, FINALLY! I hope the DEMS do more of this type of thing and keep our Nutcase in Charge from shredding the Constitution at every opportunity. I agree with another writer who is giving Ron Paul serious consideration. Our liberties are being chiseled away by this current crew of clueless Constitution trashing fools.

    November 23, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    This is another example of why the people wanted the Democrats in control. For too long Mitch McConnell and company did whatever Bush wanted them to do. Bush looks at Congress to do his bidding and nothing more. He is the closest thing to a monarch we have had in over 200 years. Keep up the good work Senator Reid. The Dems need to stop being wussies and have some guts standing up to George. You see any Republican Senators out defending George on this? Have not seen any yet. They are worried about saving their own butts next year and that includes McConnell himself.

    November 23, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    "the Senate held another brief but significant session on Friday as part of a continuing effort to prevent President Bush from making unconfirmed “recess” appointments.

    Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota took on the task of gaveling the Senate in and out of session; the formalities lasted approximately 28 seconds and no other senators were present."

    That is probably the most work he has done all year, I feel really protected now.

    November 23, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. George, Astoria, NY

    Headline should read "Senate Democrats finally, listening to the MAJORITY of the American people, exercise their Constitutional authority to prevent the country's further slide into corporate fascism by blocking the President from appointing yet another unqualified crony". Way to go, Harry Reid! Nancy Pelosi could learn a thing or two from you. Now the next step is to impeach the profiteers and war criminals in the White House that are robbing this country blind! IMPEACH CHENEY FIRST! And for all of you that support the illegal occupation of Iraq, I have two words: "Enlist, chickenhawks!"

    November 23, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Bryan, CA

    Anyone who claims the Dems are not doing the right thing is the epitome of southern conventional idiocy. You may not know it. But you are actually an idiot for calling the Democrats as "against the military." Stop being yanked around by Republican lies. This is all BS. The Dems are more supportive of the military than the Republicans have ever been. They are protectinc while in battle with more protection and improving the lives of veterans after they come back ambattled by war. This is not propaganda, this is actually happening. Look it up if you don't believe it. Republicans abuse our men in uniform. The Democrat are here to prevent that from happening. Why can't you seem to see that. Stop that partisan hackery and admit that the Dems have done good things for this country. This is what is tearing this country apart. We need to stop saying Republicans this and Dems that because it is not doing anything but harming us. Admit that both parties have done harm and good for this country. It is time we get over this crap. Ignore the Bush and his cronies. They are insignificant on the future of this country. We are better than this! Let us please unite as one country, the way our fouding fathers intended!!!

    November 23, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Democrats working hand in hand with the terrorists to fight Bush. If they had any sort of spine, they would be supporting the troops and Iraqi people and not just watching their own butts.
    Posted By Bill , NJ : November 23, 2007 5:55 pm

    See Bill. Typical neocon who assumes that if you don't bow to the tyrant Bush and his war for oil, the you cannot possibly support the troops.
    I'll tell you what there Bill. I have a cousin, dead, 2 years ago in Afghanistan. Don't give me your loose lip crap about not supporting the troops. Folks like you, who refuse to see any other option other than that of your Master in the White House and his crony's, are exactly why this Country is polarized. Don't you ever doubt my patriotism because I refuse to bow down to a fascist dictator or his cronies.

    November 23, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Tom, Oakland, Ca

    Some of you seriously need to open your eyes and not be so blinded by propaganda.

    November 23, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. Jim in Orlando, FL

    And this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind ? Obstructionism, not getting the judges to the floor for a simple up-or-down vote, politicians telling the masses what is and is not Constitutional cause John Q. is too stupid and/or lazy to read it themselves, and 28 second sessions ? The Constitution says they get a floor vote and that recess appointments are quite OK (ask Bill Clinton, he did it too ... Ooooops!). You go Dems !!! Lowest Congressional ratings for your turn at the helm since they started keeping track !! Keep up the good work ... LOL !!!!

    November 23, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. Bill , Covington,LA

    Listen close to what the democrate are saying,watch their actions, study their votes and you will discover not a Democrat party but a socialist party.

    November 23, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Tim, Omaha, NE

    And if the democrats would simply do their job in the first place and vote on the nominees instead of parlimentary shenanigans, they wouldn't have to do these theatrics.

    You people need to read history. Resess appointments are a power specificly enshrined in the constitution and has been used by most presidents, including Bill Clinton. Bush is not the first to use it and certainly won't be the last.

    The senate needs to get on with the business assigned to it in the constitution, not only judges, but passing appropriations bills. Too bad congress can't be taken to court for failure to obey the law of the land!

    November 23, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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