Trump threatens to adjourn Congress to clear way for recess appointments

Trump noted there are now 129 nominees "stuck in the Senate because of partisan obstruction", including the director of national intelligence, two members of the Federal Reserve board of governors and several undersecretaries of different United States government departments. "But we're going to do it". We have many, many positions that are unstaffed, ' Trump complained.

The move would allow him to appoint senior agency staffers and judges without the approval of the Senate.

Officials appointed in this manner can serve until the end of the following Senate session, although if Trump is not reelected in November the next president may choose to replace them with his or her own appointees.

"The Constitution provides a mechanism for the President to fill positions in such circumstances. So that I can make recess appointments".

The Senate is now in a pro forma session, meaning senators are not meeting, but are not formally in a recess.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has continued the fairly recent tradition of keeping the Senate in pro forma session during breaks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not respond. Both parties have used the tactic to block recess appointments by the President.

The US president threatened on Wednesday to adjourn the federal legislature in order push through a series of recess appointments.

Justice Stephen Breyer said: "We hold that the Senate is in session, and not in recess, when the Senate says that it is in session".

President Trump announced during a White House address Wednesday that he is considering adjoining Congress and using their absence to make political appointments.

"I have a very strong power".

Every week they put up roadblocks, says President Trump at the daily briefing of the White House coronavirus task force.

Article II, Section 3 of the US Constitution gives the president the power to both call Congress into a special session as well as to adjourn both houses of Congress if they can not agree on a time to do so. The Supreme Court ruled against his administration in a rare 9-0 decision. I will exercise my Constitutional authority to adjourn both Chambers of Congress. Such a disagreement does not now exist, nor is it likely to arise. The Senate, like the House, is out of Washington due to concern over the safety of lawmakers amid the pandemic. Trump decried these actions as a "scam".

Trump cited Michael Pack, whom he nominated to head the U.S. Agency for Global Media in June 2018.

"He's been stuck in committee for two years, preventing us from managing the Voice of America, very important", the president said. And if you heard what is coming out of the Voice of America, it's disgusting. "What things they say are disgusting toward our country", Trump said.

Trump cited other pending nominees, but not by name.

But he reiterated his threat to adjourn both chambers of Congress several times.

"We need these people here", he said.

"Perhaps it's never been done before", Trump added.

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