November 23rd, 2007
12:00 PM ET
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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


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  1. Roger, Hamden, CT

    The Dem Obstructionist Congress ('DOC') has the lowest Congressional approval ratings in history. This Senate mini-session move is an example of the myriad of reasons. The 'DOC' repeatedly introduced 'Iraqi Freedom Action Surrender' bills they know will be vetoed, then use this recent tactic to block any political progress in the US. Jack "ABSCAM" Murtha accused US soldiers of killing Iraqi civilians in cold-blood, without offering any proof, only to later be proven 100% wrong. These are Socialist policies, which aid our enemies. Any U.S. citizen who considers voting again to re-elect these traitors is ill-informed and ignorant.

    November 24, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. John, Euless, TX

    Some of you people sound like you literally have your heads wedged up Rush Limbaugh's butt! Pull it out and listen to reason!!!! GO DEMOCRATS!!!

    November 24, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Jim, White City, Kansas

    If we had a President that actually performed the duties of his office in accordance with the Constitution and obtained the advise and consent of the Senate on appointments this would not be needed.

    The manner in which Bush has used recess appointments is a slap in the face of the American people, its time the Senate slapped back.

    November 24, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Bill , NJ

    To Rex in Toledo,

    What ARE the other options? I lost loved ones in more than one war and have nephews in Iraq now. They CHOSE to enlist AFTER the war in Iraq started. They know the risk. This is a war against radical Islamists who hate us. If you really think this is war is about oil, stop using it. War is war. Stop fighting and be enslaved. Read the history books.

    November 24, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Frances

    What some of you are failing to realize is the Senate and House are made up of republicans and democrats, so when you say the democrat controlled congress is not accomplishing anything that includes your republican representatives as well. Bush has had more recess appointments than all other presidents combined in order to get his incompentent cronies in very important positions. You republicans need to wake up and see the harm Bush has done to this country.

    If ever a president needed to be impeached it is Bush because his lies have caused close to 4,000 lives to be lost and thousands more injured. Clinton's lie only involved him and his wife.

    November 24, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. S Carey, Sacramento, CA

    Ohhhhh, My! Sonja, how pathetically deluded and really ignorant you have revealed yourself to be! Get with the program, hon, and do a little self education before you make such an unholy fool of yourself again.

    November 24, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj.

    i'm really suprised the the weasle admin. can't sneak around this one. maybe cheney and rove lost the "right stuff"

    November 24, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Jim in Orlando, FL

    To the above entity that said that Bush made "more recess appointments than all the other Presidents combined". How about a simple "liar liar pants on fire" ! While GB2 is up to about 175'ish, here's the stats:

    According to the Senate historian's office, Bush has made 165 recess appointments, putting him fourth in recent history behind Ronald Reagan with 243, Harry Truman with 195 and Dwight Eisenhower with 193. Bush's predecessor Bill Clinton made 140 recess appointments.Reagan and Eisenhower were Republicans, Truman and Clinton Democrats.

    Struggling with the facts my liberal friend !!

    November 24, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Dennis

    Sonja said 11/23/07 @ 3:33. "Yet these people [Democrats] call the shots for all Democrats to follow when making laws for Aamerican and deecisions [affecting] everyone who lives in America."

    If you could see past your nose, dear, it was the Bush/Republican administration that created (in the name of the American people) the catastrophies we now have in this country and in the Middle East.

    If you really want to know what's going on in this government, find something to listen to and read rather than the mainstream media.

    The independent media have these corporate media beat all over the place and the American people and teh corporate media know it. But the corporate media, like you, just can't give up their loyalities.

    You see, propaganda is their bread and butter.

    You don't have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

    November 24, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Don Longmont, CO

    It's to bad the Democratic have to resort to such tactic's to combat the weasel but it is this adiministration who has not played by the rules. This administration is making the Nixon look like a saint. It is time for the American people to stand up and write their representatives and start impeachment proceeding for this corrupt administration.

    The reason the majority of Americans are upset with Congress is their inability to overide the Republicans support of Bush on issues they were elected to change. They have continually tried to change direction but are thwarted by the minority of Republicans who support the position of King George.

    Only 423 days left, I hope democracy will return soon. I am looking to a return to WE THE PEOPLE in our government.

    November 24, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. CD, Augusta Georgia

    Politics aside, this seems like awfully shameless way to bypass the intent of the founding fathers. They gave those powers to the President for a reason. Such a ridiculous mockery of a "session" of the Senate surely violates that intent.
    Posted By John, Kuala Lumpur : November 24, 2007 3:38 am

    And the founding fathers gave the senate the power to confirm seats Bush though time and time again used the recess appointment to bypass that so don't try and lay the blame entirely at the feet of the democrats.
    I support them in this, true the president needs the power but it should used only to fill a spot in an emergency and not as he was doing which was because some of his choices got blocked up some.

    November 24, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Siri Ous

    How times has it to be proven deregulation and privatization makes all conservatives nothing less than White Collar Criminals Stealing billions perhaps trillions of dollars from the nation whereas ordinary criminals are probably responsible for stealing millions
    Nationalize all their ill-gotten assets starting with Big Oil, Pharmaceutical Companies who have been stealing R&D from our Universities anyway, Insurance Companies, G.E., Monsanto etc.
    Then go after their Judges and federal bureaucrat implants. Tax or nationalize the assets of churches that are preaching or are affiliated politically.

    November 24, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Gretta, FL

    Frances,

    Bush didn't lie; he acted on the same info that congress did when they voted to go to war. That action prevented thousands of more lives being destroyed by Saddam and terrorists. On the other hand Clinton lied and his actions (infidelity) had the effect of telling generations of young people that such behavior is ok. Stop believing the liberal press. Bush is for democracy and freedom; The liberal Democrats are for Socialism. Move to France if you like Big Brother taking "care" of you at the expense of others.

    November 24, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. C. K. Justus WI

    GO DEMOCRATS GO DEMCORATS, GO DEMOCRATS
    YEA YEA YEA

    SEND BUSH TO TEXAS

    November 24, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. BecauseBushSaysSo

    What you Bush supporters don't get is he places idiots like him in high offices. I mean Harriet Miers for Supremem Court. It's like your going to have heart surgurey and the doctor was hand picked by a fellow dr who was a friend of his. His only experience is watching operations done on TV but he really feels he's ready to cut you open. Would you let him do it? That is who Bush appoints in these offices. I mean look at FEMA with Brownie and now Chertoff. They both no nothing about their jobs. And for those who still think Bush is great google 09/10/01 you will see Donald Rumsfailed announce the Pentagon misplaced 2.3 TRILLION dollars. Where's the money? Oh and look 9/11 What money?

    November 24, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Jim in Orlando, FL

    "And the founding fathers gave the senate the power to confirm seats Bush though time and time again used the recess appointment to bypass that so don't try and lay the blame entirely at the feet of the democrats.
    I support them in this, true the president needs the power but it should used only to fill a spot in an emergency and not as he was doing which was because some of his choices got blocked up some".

    Posted By CD, Augusta Georgia : November 24, 2007 12:47 pm

    CD, if it were as you say, then a half dozen other recent Presidents would be just as near, equally, or more-so guilty, and the past Senates would have engaged in such "Constitution-protecting" 28 second sessions.! The fact that the only thing different now from before is the one-person sessions indicates a far different apparatus at work here. Its called Obstructionism. The trouble is that the Dems on the Judiciary tieup too many choices in committee, so that they can get the simple up-or-down vote on the Floor. It is one more symptom of why the approval ratings of Congress are far lower than GB's. The Pelosi and Reid Congress !!! Don't change a thing, as I can't think of a quicker way to get Conservatives back in power.

    November 24, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. J, California

    Way to go Democrats, if Bush wants his appointments confirmed, bring them out in the light of day and let them be interviewed by the Senate.

    If Bush's appointments are too bias to do an honest job, it's the Senate's job to keep them out of those positions.

    November 24, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. J, California

    How are my comments any less moderate than the posting before me attached below? I get this same message every posting – "Your comment is awaiting moderation. Due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted."

    Bush didn't lie; he acted on the same info that congress did when they voted to go to war. That action prevented thousands of more lives being destroyed by Saddam and terrorists. On the other hand Clinton lied and his actions (infidelity) had the effect of telling generations of young people that such behavior is ok. Stop believing the liberal press. Bush is for democracy and freedom; The liberal Democrats are for Socialism. Move to France if you like Big Brother taking "care" of you at the expense of others.
    Posted By Gretta, FL : November 24, 2007 1:22 pm

    November 24, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Pall Forloney, Riomaggiore, Italy

    They should be proud, that they have done nothing for the american middle class in 4 years. They fight the war they voted for and can't let go. They must do more for the the all american people, not just war activist. I am sick of all this BS that both parties talk about. Fire them all and start over from scratch.

    November 24, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids, MI

    Bush didn't lie; he acted on the same info that congress did when they voted to go to war. That action prevented thousands of more lives being destroyed by Saddam and terrorists.... Bush is for democracy and freedom; The liberal Democrats are for Socialism....

    Posted By Gretta, FL : November 24, 2007 1:22 pm

    The Bush administration lied to Congress – the National Intelligence Estimate of October 2002 was doctored to inflate the dangers allegedly posed by Saddam, to promote the evidence of discredited sources like "Curveball", and to remove many of the caveats where the intelligence community disagreed with the Cheney/Rumsfeld "Office of Special Plans". And Saddam didn't have anything to do with 9/11, a fact admitted to by Bush and Cheney whenever they are forced to answer a direct question (and one with which you appear to be unfamiliar – not surprising, if you've only been listening to Limbaugh and Fox News).

    As for Bush being in favor of "democracy and freedom" – his unwavering support of undemocratic regimes like those of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan give the lie to that statement. Bush is like far too many of our previous administrations – of both Dem and GOP persuasions – in allying with non-democratic regimes for short term gain at the expense of long-term strategic principles. Our foreign policy performance over the past fifty years is littered with embarrassments like Somoza, Pinochet, Marcos, the Shah of Iran, and Rumsfeld's buddy Saddam.

    And the "liberal = Democrats = socialism" mantra is getting a little old and tired even for dittoheads, don't you think?

    November 24, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Ali A. Akbar

    Sen. Dorgan is a joke!

    November 24, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. conservativeliberal,tx

    And the "liberal = Democrats = socialism" mantra is getting a little old and tired even for dittoheads, don't you think?

    Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids, MI

    Nope, its being said because the dems are being overrun by liberals who want to have government regulate everything from, making sure people dont get to much money, because thats not fair to the poor, or taxing everything you do so gubment can provide everything for you. that sounds like liberal socialism which finds a huge home in the democrap party. sorry.

    November 24, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Ron Burgess, Fort Myers, Florida

    Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, Powers and Duties of the President states "he may, on extraordinary occassions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and is case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them until such time as he thinks proper".

    I wouldn't be suprised if some time in the next year, Bush/Cheney would see fit to use the second half of this clause in the Constituition to adjourn Congress and not see a time when it is proper to reconvene it.

    November 24, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. JC Ohio

    I cannot get past this man's hair. Flush the hair-piece buddy and let your dome shine! THEN, maybe I can listen to you without distraction...

    November 24, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Ron Nebraska

    Politics aside, this seems like awfully shameless way to bypass the intent of the founding fathers. They gave those powers to the President for a reason. Such a ridiculous mockery of a "session" of the Senate surely violates that intent.

    Posted By John, Kuala Lumpur : November 24, 2007 3:38 am

    In all reality I don't believe our founders could possibly have imagined the American people electing someone as utterly contemptuous of the Constitution, not to mention incompetent in every area of decision making.

    November 24, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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