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  •  Bingo. (14+ / 0-)

    That's Bush's only play. But it would be close to the so-called "Nuclear Option".

    When they are about to do the pro forma session, Cheney strides in unannounced to sit in the chair. He starts to gavel the Senate to order, and the republican senator raises the lack of a quorum. What is the parliamentary ruling at this point? Is the Senate "in session"? Will it be in session until a quorum is formed some days hence? If it takes more than three days can Bush make his recess appointments? How quick can Reid get a quorum? If the Senate has not convened over the weekend, and there is no quorum on Monday, is the Senate in session? Can Bush make appointments on Monday or Tuesday?

    This opens multiple cans of worms. And have we replaced the Senate Parliamentarian that the rethugs stuck in there when his predecessor wouldn't tell them what they wanted to hear?

    Stay tuned, dear friends. There's more to come on "As the Senate Turns".

    People are too literal about Donnie McLurkin's ex-gay testimony--it's the "faithiness" that counts.

    by homogenius on Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 08:27:27 PM PST

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    •  Procedure (1+ / 0-)
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      The Senate is "in session" if someone bangs the gavel to start the legislative day.  They can then look around for a few seconds and make a unanimous consent motion to adjourn.

      If a GOP senator would suggest the absence of a quorum, no official business could be done, but nominations could still be received from the President.  If he really wanted to be a jerk, he could motion that the Sergent at Arms find absent senators and bring them to the floor (but I think he'd need a second to his motion).  That would literally take days.

      In short, so long as a friendly Senator is there to bang the gavel every three days, Bush can't get any appointments in the back door.

      I'm still certain that what motivates me
      Is more rewarding than any piece of paper could be -- Dennis Lyxzén

      by stinerman on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 12:34:36 AM PST

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