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Understanding The Recess Appointment Truce

NPR | July 9, 2013 9:38 a.m.

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Audie Cornish, Scott Horsley

For the first time in a long while, Congress is on recess — an actual recess, without the so-called pro-forma gaveling in and gaveling out staged every few days to technically remain in session and thereby prevent President Obama from making recess appointments that do not need Senate approval. A kind of gentleman’s agreement brought this about.

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