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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:27 AM
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GOP forces Senate pro-forma session, blocking Warren recess appointment
Source: The Hill

GOP forces Senate pro-forma session, blocking Warren recess appointment
By Alexander Bolton and Josiah Ryan

GOP opposition is preventing the Senate from completely adjourning for the Memorial Day recess.

GOP opposition is preventing the Senate from completely adjourning for the Memorial Day recess. Instead, the chamber will come in for three pro-forma sessions over the next 10 days.

The cursory sessions are a formality that will ensure President Obama does not make recess appointments, a prospect that was considered unlikely anyway because the recess is scheduled for only a week.

Some Republicans feared that Obama would use the recess to appoint Elizabeth Warren to head the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will have broad powers over Wall Street.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/163635-gop-pressure-forces-senate-to-work-in-pro-forma-session-blocking-elizabeth-warren-recess-appointment
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HillbillyBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:32 AM
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1. Its only controversial if you are a bankster criminal.
nt
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littlewolf Donating Member (920 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:32 AM
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2. This is politics as normal .... I believe Harry Reid
did the same thing to Bush .... same thing different day ....
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:52 PM
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19. Must not have been too effective. Here's the list of Bush recess appointments.
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razorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-11 08:16 AM
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26. True. When such actions are taken, although we may like it at the time,
they set a precedent. Then, the same actions can be used by the other side when the roles are reversed. I believe that is what we are seeing now.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:34 AM
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3. They're terrified of her....
...ergo, she's my hero.
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:52 PM
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20. Second the motion.
Call the question!
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:41 AM
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4. dissolve congress
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:23 AM
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7. Exactly. They're useless. n/t
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Fuddnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:31 AM
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9. You got it.
They're obsolete, and a hindrance to Democracy.

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Baby Bear Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:09 PM
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17. Oliver Cromwell and the Rump Parliament
"You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately ... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"
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Loge23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:42 AM
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5. Another great accomplishment for GOP constituants
Let's see now, the GOP blocked Health Care reform, blocked the Bush Tax cut expiration, are on record to end Medicare, and want to privatize Social Security.
Their last President virtually blew up the budget surplus, started a ten-year war(s), and presided over activities that almost destroyed much all of the world's economy.
Their latest candidate (Palin) is well-known fool whose primary contribution to the country is comedic entertainment.

Now they go on record as opposing any regulatory watchdog over their piggy bank, Wall St., - after this country watched Wall St. wreck the economy and walk off with generational wealth sized bonuses.

Why, please tell me why, is the GOP even considered a major party at this point?
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:45 AM
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6. The ancient queston arises again: Why do people vote for republicans?
The financial industry, relatively recently, collapsed our economy because they were not effectively regulated.

Now, republicans are trying to block the appointment of a talented individual that will do her best to regulate financial institutions so that they cannot collapse the economy again.

Add this to the myriad of other anti-American anti-democratic anti-human policies promoted and private interests supported by republicans, and a reasonable person has to ask the question:

Why do people vote for republicans?

I think John Steinbeck may have been pretty close to spot on when he said,

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
John Steinbeck
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:38 AM
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10. I ask this over and over again.
WHY would anyone who is not a greedy member of the top 2% ever, EVER vote for a republican for ANYTHING? They are poison to the dreams and aspirations of 98% of Americans, yet they keep winning elections! Grr.

This is like watching the chickens turning out en masse to elect Col. Sanders, who promptly serves them for dinner. Sanders blames Chick-Fil-A, and the few remaining chickens re-elect him in a landslide, after which they are all slaughtered.

If only Americans were smarter than chickens!
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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 11:54 AM
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12. A lot of people vote Republican because the most important thing to them is social issues.
Some people are so fanatical in their opposition to abortion or gay marriage that if it comes down to choosing between voting for a Republican who opposes abortion or voting for a Democrat who will protect Social Security and Medicare they will vote for the Republican because that is more important to them. Issues such as jobs, health care, and income inequality just are not the top priority for everybody.
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 01:54 PM
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14. And how is that repeal of Roe v. Wade going for them?
And how nice it must be for them that gay marriage has now been banned everywhere. Not!

The republicans pay lip service to the backwards nutjobs before every election, but then they do nothing about any of it once they're in. They make all the right noises, but nothing actually happens. Then they do the very same thing the next time. And the next time. And the next.

The fanatics somehow never notice that the filth keep jerking the football away from them. They fall for the same simple ruse time after time after time. It must be nice to have a base that is so gullible and incapable of critical thinking. It makes things so much easier!
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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:49 PM
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18. Actually the Republicans have been working to limit abortion rights for some time now.
Obviously only the Supreme Court can repeal Roe v. Wade. But on the federal level Republicans have been successful in denying federal funds to pay for abortions and in several states they have passed laws to restrict abortions. And on the gay rights issue the Republican majority in the House is defending DOMA since the Obama Administration will not.

So I don't think you can say that voters who decide their votes on social issues have got nothing in return from the Republicans.

I do agree with you that the GOP is just using these social issues to get votes. They have a long track record of doing that. But you said you didn't understand why anyone would vote Republicans and I was just trying to explain why some do however I am not defending them.

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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:00 PM
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21. In this as with gay marriage, they seem to be swimming against the tide.
Your point on the abortion "progress" they are making is well taken. But increasing majorities of Americans appear to disagree with the republicans on these and other issues (immigration, Medicare, etc.). I do wonder how long this game can go on.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:07 PM
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16. to spite or in spite of
these people are idiots
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:50 PM
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24. Gays, God and Guns.
not necessarily in that order.
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groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:30 AM
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8. How can the minority force that?
I don't believe they need a 2/3 vote to adjourn, so did they just threaten to pitch a temper tantrum and Reid gave in again?

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former9thward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 11:24 AM
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11. The House needs to agree to an adjournment.
The Senate can't adjourn by itself. House did not agree.
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maxrandb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 12:58 PM
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13. Then I say "eff that"
Reid ought to schedule shit 24 hours a frickin' day throughout the 10 day Holiday Period.

Maybe we could re-read the Declaration of Independence, the Treat of Versailles, or the complete works of Herman Melville.

Don't let the Pukes get away with this by sending a few members back every few days. Keep the whole "effing" place open like a "frickin' 7/11".

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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:06 PM
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15. Proof the GOP Represents the Interests of BANKING FRAUD
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:39 PM
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22. DU will still blame Obama for not appointing her anyway. n/t
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:43 PM
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23. Yes, because its so easy to be President and just issue commands to get whatever he wants..
They are clueless.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 05:02 PM
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25. Have there been other recesses? (NT)
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