03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pelosi Blocks Bush From Calling Congress Into Session Over FISA

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) mistrust of President Bush is really well known and runs deep. Fearing a recess appointment by Bush during the Christmas-New Year's break, the Nevada Democrat refused to adjourn the chamber during the whole period, scheduling very, very brief pro forma sessions every couple of days to avoid any such appointments.

Now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has joined with her Senate colleague, scheduling two pro forma sessions for the House this week so that Bush cannot call Congress back into special session to take up the now-expired Protect America Act, an enhanced surveillance bill that lapsed over the weekend, or the Senate-passed amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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