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Relax, the current 110th congressional session is 90% complete.

Posted by Ed C on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Yep, here we are at the end of June, and the congressional session is almost finished. According to Nancy Pelosi (from Human Events: Pelosi Supports ‘Fairness Doctrine):

Pelosi pointed out that, after it returns from its Fourth of July recess, the House will only meet for another three weeks in July and three weeks in the fall.

When I read this in passing I thought this can’t be right, Congress is scheduled to meet just 6 weeks from the end of June through the November elections? Six weeks out of the next eighteen, and by six weeks I think they really mean three day Tue-Thur type ‘weeks’.

With pending FISA legislation, Energy policy, court appointments (cough, cough), spending bills, emergency spending bills and all of that pork to pass, national whatever-day, week, year declarations…, and that’s all they can mange?

Not that they make it easy to figure out. The complete house schedule is below the jump, but other than the helpful reminders that Daylight Saving Time ends Nov 2 and that Election day is Nov 4th for Republicans and for Democrats, begins Nov 5th runs through the December 15th, or whenever the last court challenge is settled by the Supreme Court, you need to subtract out the ‘District Work Periods’ to figure out when they will actually be in session.

A note about those court appointments from Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) Democrats Press Judicial Obstruction Campaign:

… Using the appropriate yardstick of the last seven presidential election Congresses, we are today more then 90% finished with our days in session but have so far given a hearing to less than one-third and confirmed only half as many appeals court nominees. As a result, President Bush’s judicial confirmation total lags far beyond his predecessors’, 305 to 357 at this point in their respective presidencies.

Such a deliberate slowdown is otherwise known as obstruction. Democrats keep changing their standards, ignoring long-pending nominees, and taking whatever steps are necessary to suppress judicial confirmations. The list of changing standards grows all the time. At the end of the Clinton administration, for example, the Democratic minority demanded that hearings and confirmations continue to the end of the year. They offered as a guide the presidential election year 1992, when the Judiciary Committee held hearings until September 24 and the Senate confirmed nominees until October 8, the day before final adjournment. In 1992, the Senate confirmed 64 judges, 11 to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

I guess this just another example of that ‘moving bar’ that Michelle Obama was speaking about during her speech 3/14/08 at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA.

House Schedule below:

January 15 110th Congress, 2nd Session convenes
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 18 Presidents Day
February 19 – 22 Presidents Day District Work Period
March 9 Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 17 – March 28 Spring District Work Period
March 23 Easter
April 20 Passover
May 11 Mother’s Day
May 26 Memorial Day
May 27 – May 30 Memorial Day District Work Period
June 14 Flag Day
June 15 Father’s Day
June 30 – July 3 Independence Day District Work Period
July 4 Independence Day
August 11 – September 5 Summer District Work Period
September 1 Labor Day
September 26 Target Adjournment
September 30 Rosh Hashanah
October 9 Yom Kippur
October 13 Columbus Day
November 2 Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 4 Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
November 27 Thanksgiving Day
December 22 Hanukkah
December 25 Christmas Day
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One Response to “Relax, the current 110th congressional session is 90% complete.”

  1. pzguru said

    Ed,

    Thank you for helping to shed light on the bovious double standards, demagoguery, and hypcorisy of the National Democratic Party “leaders”. When they were the minority party in Congress, they constantly demanded fairness and a sharing of power. For the most part, the Republicans (foolishly) gave them the fair treatment they pleaded for. Now that the tables have turned, don’t expect the Dems to show any fairness to the Reps. It’s funny that in the last 2 years, since the Dems won the majority, the approval rating for Congress has sunk to almost single digits, and what have the Dems accomplished – NOTHING. Yet, the likes of Pelosi, Reid, et al, bang the drums about Bush’s low approval ratings, which are three times higher than Congress’s rating. The Dems clearly want to prevent any more Bush judicial appointments so that, if they happen to win back the White House, they can fill those spots with “their picks”. It’s disgraceful and shameful, but completely to be expected from the Dems. It’s their textbook playbook.

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