“The Senate’s practice of gaveling into so-called pro forma sessions where no one is even there has prevented me from using the constitutional authority that we’re given under the recess provisions,” Trump said during Wednesday’s coronavirus pandemic briefing. “The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees, or it should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments.”
President Trump needs the ability to make recess appointments (something Congress allowed Obama to do 32 times) in order to appoint key officials to help combat coronavirus.
“We have a tremendous number of people that have to come into government and now more so than ever before because of the virus,” Trump said in the Rose Garden.
“If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress,” the president said. “The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro-forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis. It is a scam that they do.”
The Constitution grants the President this power under Article II Section 3, which states:
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.Article II Section 3 of the United States Constitution.
Democrats bent over backwards for Obama to appointment 32 recess appointments, none of which were essential to combating a global pandemic. Now, because Trump is the President, Democrats are opposed to the idea. President Trump says there are over 100 appointees sitting and waiting while Congress sits at home and does nothing.