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Don’t bet on Congress ending August recess early

Even if it did come back, there is little immediate work Congress could do to stop the bleeding on Wall Street.
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Even if it did come back, there is little immediate work Congress could do to stop the bleeding on Wall Street.

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  1. Submitted by Annie Grandy on 08/09/2011 - 01:36 pm.

    Mr. Henry, your headline is extremely misleading.
    Congress is not in RECESS which would allow President Obama to make ‘Recess Appointments.’

    “After the House of Representatives passed the bill to extend the debt limit, it adjourned for the summer, but not before Republicans took advantage of a procedural move that will help block President Obama from making recess appointments during the upcoming break.

    While the House will be adjourned, it will continue to hold so-called “pro forma” sessions throughout August. Though it’s the Senate that must confirm presidential appointments, under the U.S. Constitution, it cannot adjourn for more than three days without the approval of the House. Therefore, the House has maintained the ability to prevent the Senate from going into full recess, effectively blocking Obama from making recess appointments.” Philip Klein

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/08/house-procedural-move-will-help-block-obama-recess-appointments-d#ixzz1UYeMhLOH.

  2. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/09/2011 - 05:25 pm.

    Every Democrat should be using this time off to publicize and urge the passage of – no matter what – The People’s Budget developed by the Progressive Caucus in April. While Paul Ryan’s Let’s Kill the Social Safety Net budget got wide press, the People’s Budget was ignored by both the media and the Administration.

    If those “nervous markets” knew America had a real plan under consideration that would wipe out the deficit and put us into a surplus in 10 years, would end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate welfare, would withdraw (in stages) from our unwinnable wars in the Middle East, cut the defense budget big time by forgoing Empire, and create millions of jobs by investing in infrastructure, clean energy, broadband, housing and R&D.

    Without this plan on view, their nervousness over our debt can only increase as they watch our Congress continue to shrink the economy when they could be healing it.

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