Senate Blocks Recess Appointments With Deal Between Dems & The GOP

The diminished power of the president appeared obvious tonight, as the Senate Democrats struck a deal with the GOP to block presidential appointments during the upcoming midterm recess.

President Obama had 115 executive- and judicial-branch nominees prepared for appointment while Congress was out of town campaigning for their own local election. Sen. McConnell (R-KY) led the charge, threatening to send  the most controversial nominees back to the president if the Democrats did not agree to schedule the pro-forma session.

Following the mid-term elections, the Senate expects to be back in session by November 15th.

The full article, by Alexander Bolton, is published in The Hill.

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