Congress may be heading out for recess today but that isn’t stopping the House Republicans from moving forward with a civil contempt of Congress lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder. They voted in late June to do so, why did they wait till Congress was in recess to act? Read more> http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/08/03/holder_to_be_slapped_with_fast_and_furious_lawsuit_during_august_recess
What does it mean when Congress is in recess?
A Congressional session runs for one year, 3 January to sometime in December. But Congress does not meet each and every business day of the year. For example, Congress often holds business sessions only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so that legislators can visit their constituents over a long weekend that includes a work day. At such times, Congress has not adjourned but is, instead, recessed. The Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 stipulated a 30-day recess each August, except in time of war. Congress also recesses the week of a federal holiday.
Doesn’t it appear that Congress accomplishes more when recessed than they do during the regular session? So, why are we paying for an office, staff and their time to warm a seat in Washington three (3) days a week and even then they often don’t always show up to vote on crucial issues?
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