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Senate Blocks Trump from Making August Recess Appointments

Every senator agreed to the measure that would keep the Senate in session, technically, during the month of recess.

Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) scheduled nine “pro-forma” sessions for the Senate during the month of August when the senators are back in their home states.

The move will keep the Senate in session every three business days and thereby prohibit President Trump from being able to make “recess appointments” – an executive privilege some presidents have used to grant appointees easy confirmation.

This year, the Senate is having none of it:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), doing wrap up for the entire Senate, locked in nine “pro-forma” sessions — brief meetings that normally last roughly a minute.

The move, which requires the agreement of every senator, means the Senate will be in session every three business days throughout the August recess.

The Senate left D.C. on Thursday evening with most lawmakers not expected to return to Washington until after Labor Day.

Some had speculated that Trump may fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and name a replacement during August, when the Senate is out of session. By making this move, Murkowski and her Senate colleagues have ensured that that cannot happen.