Trump threatens to adjourn Congress

For our resident historians…has any president adjourned Congress before?

does it matter?

Never been done and it can ONLY be done if the two Houses of Congress disagree on the time of adjournment.

No such disagreement exists, so he cannot do so.

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Obama claimed to have the power to rule whether they were really in session, same thing really. Court slapped him silly.

Obama and Trump both have gone off the deep end on this matter.

But it is more a reflection on the Senate.

It used to be that nominees routinely cleared the Senate in a week, with no hearings required except for top level officials.

Both parties have turned the Senate into a hyper-partisan death trap for nominees.


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You don’t think it’s relevant to the thread? Disagree.

I do have to agree with him that the pro forma sessions are an abuse.

He doesn’t have the power to do a damn thing about it though.

Section 3 of Article II of the Constitution reads as follows:

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

NEITHER House of Congress has passed an adjournment resolution nor contemplated passing an adjournment resolution.

For Trump to be able to adjourn Congress under this clause, one House would have to have wanted to adjourn on one day, for example April 20, 2020, while the other House would have to have wanted to adjourn on another day, for example April 25, 2020.

In that situation, Trump could pick a day and adjourn Congress, sine die which would be unlikely, or to a specific day of his choice.

Basically, this is an administrative power that has never been needed. It is NOT a substantial power for the President to sweep Congress out of the way.


Well the fact that Trump thinks he can do that is certainly reassuring.

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And Obama thinking he had the power to decide when congress was in session? No problem right?

This was the Senate was using that pro forma ■■■■ to pretend to stay in session so Obama couldn’t make recess appointments right?

Do you think Trump knows what literally any of those things are outside of “the Senate” and “Obama?”

When does Trump take a step too far and get rebuked by the Senate? He claimed he can force Governors to follow his orders to reopen business. He claimed he can adjourn Congress in order to appoint judges and other positions. He has claimed that Article ll gives him broad powers to do anything he wants.
Total authority when it comes to his powers and absolute immunity when it comes to oversight.
It must be exhausting to defend this wannabe dictator.

Except it’s McConnell doing this to stymie his own party’s president from making recess appointments, soooo

more like McConnell respecting the minority desire to not do so, so that the consideration will be followed when the shoe is on the other foot. its called comity.

since his statement basically echoes yours about the pro forms crap… do you? that will be your answer!

If…Trump has the Constitutional authority to do so and he chooses do exercise it…that is his right. If he doesn’t and attempts to do so, that’s what our 3rd branch is for?


It’s not polite to answer a question with a question.

When you don’t know how anything works, everything is possible.

The baffling thing is that it’s McConnell who’s keeping the Senate in session to prevent Trump from making recess appointments and they’re just ignoring that.

It’s like when some Supreme Court decision comes down expanding police powers and they all go “damn liberal judges!” before looking and seeing it’s the conservatives who voted for it.