No Memorial Day recess for Congress?

May 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, has threatened to block the Memorial Day recess for lack of a budget.

Sessions said in a Politico report in Washington Thursday he would block the holiday adjournment "as long as the Democrat majority refused to produce a public budget and refused to allow the Budget Committee to work on one."

"Instead of presenting an honest plan to confront our spiraling spending and debt, the majority leader made a mockery of the budget process, crafting a careful plan to prevent any budget from moving forward in the Senate. The entire execution of this plan was designed for political gain and in disregard of the national interest," Sessions said Thursday.

Additionally, because of a procedural move, President Barack Obama will be unable to make any executive recess appointments, including that of Elizabeth Warren, his pick to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The U.S. Senate must confirm such appointments.

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