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Senate Recess

Jason Linkins

Republican Senators Promise To Work Five Whole Days A Week If Elected | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Good news for people who hate lawmakers giving themselves three-day weekends on the regular! According to Politico, should the Republicans win back the Senate in 2014, they "are vowing to reinstate the five-day workweek." It's a supreme sacrifice that would leave the U.S. Senate with the same workweek as many normal human Americans -- at least the ones who haven't been cowed by their employers into giving up their weekends, which is a new thing that some lawmakers want to help facilitate. There are a lot of schools of thought on whether or not lawmakers should spend more time in Washington, D.C. One theory is that if our Congresscritters actually brought their families to Washington and spent the weekends here, they all might spend more time together socially, would develop more cordial relationships, and thus be less inclined to screw each other over and insult one another all the time.

Senate Postpones Votes After Navy Yard Shooting

AP | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is postponing scheduled votes until Tuesday in response to the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Moments after th...

GOP Rep Wants To Cancel Congress' Big Break

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) thinks it's "not wise" for Congress to go on August recess while "we are in a serious, serious financial condition." "The...

Senate Gets Something Done

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For a brief moment in a season of partisan rancor, the Democratic leader of the Senate and his Republican counterpart hit the pause...

The Senate's Holiday

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Republicans' newest way of countering criticism that Congress spends more time on recess than it does working occurred when it went home for the Christmas holidays.

Supporting Obama: The Constitutional Case for Recess Appointments

Victor Williams | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Victor Williams

As high level federal vacancies continue to damage our government and economy, Barack Obama considers how best to push back against Senate confirmati...

The Congressional Playground

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The dreadful thing about the legislative log jams that have confronted both Houses because of the intransigence of their members is that it has cut into the members' recess time.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Duck Recess Fight With GOP As Elizabeth Warren Dangles | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress have called out the Democrats for a fight over recess -- but there are few signs the Democrats are going to show...

Top Republican: Harry Reid May 'Disrespect' Christmas

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top Republican has accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of potentially 'disrespecting' Christmas. Reid threatened to get tough with his power ...

Senate's Summer Recess In Peril: Capitol Hill Gridlock May Require Curtailing August Break

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Every August Senators take a break from their legislative duties for a month-long summer recess. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday the lengt...

Examining the "Recess of the Senate''

Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lucey

The recess appointment power is not unprecedented, and it's hardly rare. George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, while Clinton made 139 appointments.

The Case for Recess Appointing Bernanke

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Barack Obama should announce plans to circumvent Senate obstruction and recess appoint Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair while the Senate debates whether to hold a timely confirmation vote.

Reid Cancels Recess To Get Health Care Done

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has cancelled the Senate's Columbus Day recess so that lawmakers can focus on passing healthcare reform leg...