Trump to Pelosi and McConnell: Adjourn, or I Will Adjourn You

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This action is three years late in coming. – At the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Donald Trump laid out the pattern of obstruction of his judicial and key administrative nominees that has been waged by congressional leaders of both parties for the last three years and three months. Throughout that period of time, both houses of congress have played a despicable game of refusing to declare themselves fully in adjournment even during times, like now, when they have left town for weeks at a time.

The game consists of having a handful of members present in either the House or Senate chambers to gavel the body into a “pro forma” session for a few moments each day before immediately adjourning until the next day. In this way, congress has for 39 months denied this President and this President alone the right to make recess appointments of administrative political nominees he needs to fill key positions within the executive branch of government. While congress has played this game for a few months here and there in the past, this effort to obstruct the proper staffing of a presidential administration for an entire term is unprecedented in U.S. history.

The President only mentioned Nancy Pelosi by name, but for two solid years this game was led by then-Speaker Paul Ryan in the House, and for the last 39 months, Mitch McConnell has played along as Senate Majority Leader. This is a classic case of the DC Swamp protecting the Swamp, with the Democans and Republicrats coordinating efforts designed to stymie an outsider President. President Trump, previously seeing no crisis and because McConnell had been moving quickly on his judicial nominees before the Wuhan Virus crisis hit, has played along in order to avoid a major conflict with McConnell.

But now we are in the midst of a crisis, one that requires all hands on deck to deal with, and the President finds himself running short of hands due to this disgraceful congressional obstructionism. Because of this present situation, Mr. Trump informed McConnell and Pelosi that the time for this game has run its course, and that, unless they agree to declare congress fully adjourned quickly, he will exercise his constitutional powers that exist under Article II, Section 3 to do so himself so that he can have his nominees, some of whom have been held up for years, in place and working.

Here’s a clip, followed by a transcript of his remarks:

Transcript:

As the entire US Government works to combat the global pandemic, it is absolutely essential that the key positions at relevant federal agencies are fully staffed, and we’re not allowing that to take place through our Congress.

They’re just not giving it to us. We have many, many positions that are unstaffed because we can’t get the approvals. The Democrats are holding us up. We cannot get approval.

We’ve gotten judges because we go through the process. I guess we’re up to 248 federal judges that we’ve gotten because we focus on it. We take the maximum time because no matter who the judge is, they take vast numbers of days and hours until approve. It leaves, no time left for others. Very unfair system.

If a judge is going to be approved in one hour in one session, it doesn’t matter. They’ll take the maximum number of hours and days. You’re talking about days to get one judge approved, and we’re close to 250 judges, but because of the way they’re doing it, there’s no time for anybody else in. Many of these people have been waiting for two and a half years.

We have a couple that have been waiting for longer than that. There are currently 129 nominees stuck in the Senate because of partisan obstruction. Many are nominated for vacancies that must be filled to assist with the coronavirus crisis and the resulting economic challenges, and I’ve read over the couple of years, well, I didn’t fill positions. I don’t fill positions. In some cases we don’t need the position, and I’m all for that, but in many cases you do, but we can’t get them approved by the Democrats. They won’t release them.

The positions include the Director of National Intelligence, two members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Financial Markets of the United of the United states, and the Undersecretary of Agriculture responsible for administering food security programs. And Sonny Perdue, who’s going to be speaking today, saying, “Please can I have this man? Can I have this particular person approved as soon as possible?” He’s been telling me that for a long time, and the Democrats won’t allow it to happen.

Again, every single judge, every nominee we have goes through a maximum, or at least they go through a long process. So it takes days and days and there’s no time left and it’s just a concerted effort to make life difficult.

An example is Michael Pack. He’s my nominee for the CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and he’s been stuck in committee for two years preventing us from managing the voice of America. Very important. And if you heard what’s coming out of the voice of America, it’s disgusting. What things they say are disgusting toward our country, and Michael Pack would get in, he’d do a great job, but he’s been waiting now for two years, can’t get him approved.

The senators left Washington until at least May 4th. The Constitution provides a mechanism for the President to fill positions in such circumstances. The Recess Appointment, it’s called.

The Senate’s practice of gaveling into so-called proforma sessions, where no one is even there, has prevented me from using the constitutional authority that were given under the Recess Provisions. The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees, or it should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments.

We have a tremendous number of people that have to come into government, and now more so than ever before because of the virus and the problem. We have to do it, and we have to do whatever we have to do. They’ve made it very, very difficult to run government. I don’t think any Administration has done anywhere near what we’ve done in three and a half years, but every week they put up roadblocks, whether it’s Russia, Russia, Russia, or whether it’s impeachment hoax or whatever it may be. It’s always roadblocks and a waste of time.

If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both Chambers of Congress. The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony, proforma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis. It is a scam. What they do. It’s a scam and everybody knows it, and it’s been that way for a long time, and perhaps it’s never done before. It’s never been done before.

Nobody’s even sure if it has, but we’re going to do it. We need these people here. We need people for this crisis, and we don’t want to play any more political games. I’ve been waiting for two and a half years, three years for some of these people. And they’re great people. They left law firms, they left jobs, they gave up everything to do it, and they’ve been waiting for three years, two and a half years, two years, one year to get approved.

It’s ridiculous. And everyone knows they’re going to be approved, but there’s only so many hours in the day when you go through judges and you go through lengthy hearings on judges that they know should be approved immediately, and they could do it in one session, and they could do it in one hour. And instead it takes them many days.

[End]

For those who are curious, here is the full text of Article II Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution [highlights added]:

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.

Note that this is an authority that most believe no U.S. president has exercised, mainly because no U.S. president has ever faced the level of depraved obstructionism that President Trump has had to deal with. But the language is quite clear and unambiguous, and the present crisis certainly qualifies as an “extraordinary Occasion” as the framers of the Constitution envisioned.

Mitch McConnell, as is his habit, will no doubt take all of this in stride and attempt to negotiate some accommodation with the President that will be designed to protect the Senate’s authority here. But when San Fran Nan heard the President’s remarks, no doubt while setting next to her pair of $15,000 Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezers while enjoying a pint of her designer ice cream, this is what her head did:

Oh, this is gonna be glorious.

That is all.

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Rick O'Shay

This sounds like a great way to kill your business;

“Atlanta-based Wild Heaven Beer has just released a new brew called “Fauci Spring” in honor of the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci. It’s described as a pale ale brewed with acai berries and an experimental variety of hops”

And the memes almost write themselves.

Jay Whitcraft

I actually think that this move was done with both consolation and approval of Mitch McConnell, one of the most underrated heroes around. Yes he is a swamp creature, but time after time he has single handedly stopped the Democratic Party. Add that to the fact that when it comes to judges, Mitch “gets it done”. IMHO there is no way Trump would surprise him like that when Trump need him so much. Jay.

Gregg

Agree with the consultation point Jay. And Mitch has done a good job in a couple of areas, but why hasn’t he gotten Burr on board and why hasn’t he gotten hundreds of held up appointments through the senatorial maze? As far as I’m concerned the jury is still out on the swampy McConnell. Why hasn’t he gotten Graham off his a$$ to investigate someone, anyone? In fact, in 2018 I begged senatorial candidate Marsha Blackburn twice in person to not vote for Mitch as Majority leader in 2019. I was also hopping for 55+ GOP senators not 52.5 or fewer real Republican senators; so I guess they had to keep Mitch on their side rather than risk having him go rogue.

Anyways, my choice would have been Ted Cruz for Majority Leader – Perhaps, Mitch (78) who is up for and will win reelection this year will give up the Majority Leader position to become the Senate pro tempore like sheets Byrd did years ago to let a more energetic leader emerge.

Jimmy MacAfee

There will be some prosecutions very soon. Not tictoc, but some serious stuff.

phineas gage

I think that Durham is really closing in on Brennan.

phineas gage

What do these blue state governors think is going to happen to their inner city ghettos when they try to lock them down all summer?

Jimmy MacAfee

Give everybody free hotel accommodations for the week and set fire to the ruins?

phineas gage

Bill Gates has the sads…

https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/1250292126643941376

Pony up the money yourself then

Silas

Right? Drop of water in his big bucket o’ money. Billionaire hypocrite.

Jimmy Mac

Bill “the Cat” Gates (from a Berk Breathed cartoon) is going to be one of the most hated Oligarchs in American history.

phineas gage

Rather than one of the most revered entrepeneurs. And he’s done it all to himself in a remarkably short period of time.

It is dangerous when geeks acquire power.

Jimmy MacAfee

You got that exactly right!

phineas gage

22 million unemployed….

RandyLee

just do it President Trump! since you have the authority to do it, its time to stop playing pattycake with the idiots in Congress. their behavior, especially the democrats, is not pro american in any way and most certainly not helping in this current situation with the chinese virus. shut them out and get your work done your way! sure you will be accused of being a dictator or a totalitarian but they do that already so it won’t be any different.

Silas Lester

That’s exactly it what want to see: a President using the Constitution to put Congress in it’s place. BOOM indeed!

Jimmy Mac

Russia is attacking our spy planes over international waters. Prepare for war.

phineas gage

This is a very dangerous time.

Jimmy Mac

As far as I’m concerned, personally, we are at war with China, which as:
1. Ruined the world economy and the US economy
2. Permitted and facilitated a costly disease process that has sickened millions
3. Caused the loss of our Civil Rights, approved by Democrat Governors
4. Taken away our First Amendment rights, including the right to Free Assembly and the Right to Worship.

All of this – every bit of it – falls upon China and the press/politicians it owns. I hate China. Screw China. And all of their collaborators. One day we may see Lemon and Flame.

Jimmy Mac

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0920458/

Not a threat. But if dictatorship comes through China or the New World Ordure…
It will be our Constitutional duty (and honor) to do as they have.

Jimmy Mac

The President doesn’t need to use these PEOs; he can dismiss Congress anyway.

Looking at the original PEOs, mostly in case of a Soviet nuclear first strike, it assumes that one or more part of the three branches of government will be extinguished or unable to fulfill its duties.
Assume that this means 90% of the House and Senate are killed or unavailable to carry out their duties – just a ballpark number: the way the current leaders are behaving, they act as if a fake session means they’re still unadjourned. So in the case of war, 2 Senators and 50 (roughly) Representatives could call themselves “the Legislative Branch?” I don’t think so.

We feared the use of PEOs under Clinton, Bush, Obama, because (especially Obama) was unable to lead, and he conducted a silent coup against the Constitution – using Law Enforcement and John Brennan. Given a 3rd term, as under HRC, we would have a permanent lockdown, and ruled by China.

Jimmy Mac

Sorry about the repeated posts – the site is obviously under some kind of attack. China sucks.

Jimmy Mac

Continuity of Government PEOs are needed, since Congress is not acting nor available. The President has the authority.

Sharon Campbell

I posted on Twitter to be sure all are informed of this nasty, underhanded Dimocrat games!

Jimmy Mac

Continuity of Government statutes can be enacted, and to some extent already have been.

I’ve studied these PEOs ever since Ollie North and Louis Giuffrida planned and plotted to use FEMA against the American people – on the flimsiest of reasons, a list of triggers that amounted to mild complaints. That was an unconstitutional attempt by a bunch of fake patriots to take away our Constitution.

Congress has deliberately failed to act. Time is up.

Jimmy MacAfee

Continuity of Government statutes can be enacted, and to some extent already have been. If one one part or more of the three branches are unable – due to war or civil emergency – to carry out their duty, such as might happen in a nuclear first strike, FEMA will take the lead. In my opinion, the President has this authority at this time.

I’ve studied these PEOs ever since Ollie North and Louis Giuffrida planned and plotted to use FEMA against the American people – on the flimsiest of reasons, a list of triggers that amounted to mild complaints. That was an unconstitutional attempt by a bunch of fake patriots to take away our Constitution.

Right now, I see the President as the leader of those who want to save the Constitution, our sovereignty, our Bill of Rights. I understand what such a declaration means, but when Congress deliberately disappears, it means that the requirements have been set.

Jimmy MacAfee

Continuity of Government statutes can be enacted, if one part or more of the three branches are unable – due to war or civil emergency – to carry out their duty. In my opinion, the President has this authority at this time.

We are at war with China, like it or not; when a branch of government openly conspires with our nations’ enemies, then it is far more serious than anyone can or is willing to imagine.

China has attacked the entire world, with the aid of Leftists and WHO and Bill Gates and so many of our media’s owners. It is time to act like we’re at war, behave like we’re at war…

And in truth, our Governors have acted as if this were so. If we’re not at war, why the draconian measures? And this is not just a war against a virus: it is a war with oppression and tyranny. Use the PEO and get us on a real war footing, Mr. President. Cancel Congress.

Gregg

Just do it Mr. President.

I know he knows what he is doing, but sometimes I wish he wouldn’t telegraph his actions – just adjourn Congress and explain it AFTER you do it. Time to quit trying to play nice with these ‘leaders’ who want to destroy you politically. You’re not dealing with Tip O’neill, and a George Mitchell, but very small people – loudmouth lightweights Nancy Klink and the Schmuckster.

As you put it so well, Dave, this action is three years late, but better late then never.

IMO, If the speaker is out of the house building, let alone 3,000 miles away, the house is effectively adjourned; same for the senate majority leader.

Furthermore the DOJ (paging Mr. Barr) should be investigating Schiff, (and others) for his invasion of Nunes’ privacy and also force the release of all the transcripts of his impeachment investigation. Also, where is Barr on the president’s declassify order from a year or more ago? I don’t care that Barr occasionally climbs out from his bunker and drops a few duds here and there to MAKE IT SEEM like he and his department is actually doing something.

I can’t believe the President has put up with this Schiff for so long. This ‘pandemic’ has bought Barr and Durham more time to do nothing.

Reopen the country, adjourn congress, make recess appointments, get the DOJ to do its’ job and get ALL the coup de etat players prosecuted and jailed.

If Trump somehow gets beaten via voter fraud, all this will go away and Barr and Durham will be fired by Biden’s VP, and retribution will be swift against anyone who in any way worked with Trump. Remember how ‘the One’ seriously tried to prosecute Bush Jr’s. people for their conduct for the ‘torture’ of non uniformed enemy combatants during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?

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