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  •  No these appointments are for two years (none)
    The Senate went into sesion, pro forma, for a minute yesterday, before recessing until January 18. Thus, the new session of Congress began yesterday.  So, these recess appointments are good until the end of the NEXT session of Congress, which is (in all likelihood) December of 2007.

    These are no ordinary recess appointments, folks.  This was a deliberate move to give all of these nominees -- many of whom would have faced significant confirmation problems -- two year terms without having to worry about confirmation.

    How ugly is that???????

    •  No uglier than I've come to expect. (none)
      That said, I'm absolutely sick to my stomach at some of the names on that list. And if I recognized more of them, I'd probably be even sicker.

      -8.25,-8.36 As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

      by sidnora on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 07:07:43 PM PST

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    •  Um, no (none)
      The terms of recess appointments have been traditionally  construed to extend to through the term of the currently constituted Congress (the 109th). So all these appointments will expire on Jan 3, 2007 with the establishment of the (Democratic Majority!!) 110th Congress.

      carl.

      •  Followed by the establisment of Impeachments! (none)
        Bush, Cheney, Rumpsmeld, Rice, Gonzales, all will face impeachment.

        Then it will be Halliburton's turn.

      •  You are absolutely 100% wrong. (none)
        These recess appointments were made at the beginning of the 2006 session.  As such, the appointments last until the end of the NEXT session, which means they expire when the 2007 session ends (and that will occur in November or -- most likely -- December 2007).

        If the appointments had been made on January 2, 2006, i.e., before the commencement of the 2006 session, then they would have been good only until the end of the 2006 session of Congress.

        In the federal agency I work at, we had a two-year recess appointee, like this, a few years back.  The two year appointments I've seen have been few and far between, and usually come after the opposing party had blocked the nomination.

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