Trump threatens to bypass Senate rules on nominees

Trump threatens to bypass Senate rules on nominees

Trump threatens to bypass Senate rules on nominees

After lamenting that some nominees have waited months to be confirmed, Trump threatened to force Congress to adjourn.

"If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress", Trump said, accusing lawmakers of "a dereliction of duty" and "a scam" for "leaving town during a crisis".

Noting that the Senate, which has the responsibility for confirming executive-branch appointments, had "left Washington until at least May 4", Trump said that "the Constitution provides a mechanism for the president to fill positions in such circumstances, the recess appointment, it's called".

"We will see who wins", he said.

Trump made the threat as he demanded action on nominations, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has had great success installing his judicial appointments in particular, with no filibuster in place and Democrats limited in their ability to delay.

However at present each chamber has chosen to stay open and in "pro-forma" session amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments", Mr.

"If the House will not agree to that adjournment I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress", he said. "If they don't approve it, then we are going to go this route". "They're just not giving it to us.

We have to do it and we have to do whatever we have to do", he said. "We need these people here".

Trump's gambit assumes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would go along with adjourning and even then it would still be almost impossible to get the votes needed to formally adjourn.

"Leader McConnell had a conversation today with the president to discuss Senate Democrats' unprecedented obstruction of the president's well-qualified nominees and shared his continued frustration with the process", McConnell's office said.

Under the Constitution, the President does have the power to adjourn Congress "to such time as he shall think proper" when there is a disagreement between the House and Senate on when to adjourn.

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

A McConnell spokesman said Trump and McConnell spoke about the issue on Wednesday: "The Leader pledged to find ways to confirm nominees considered mission-critical to the Covid-19 pandemic, but under Senate rules that will take consent from Leader (Chuck) Schumer".

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 positions include the director of national intelligence to members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the assistant secretary of Treasury for financial markets of the United States".

"If you heard what's coming out of the Voice of America, it's disgusting-what things they say are disgusting toward our country", Trump said.

Trump did not explain how the nominee to be CEO of the US Agency for Global Media would enhance federal efforts to counter the pandemic.

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