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President Barack Obama made a controversial move in early January by making four recess appointments to fill vacancies in top government positions, even though Congress was intentionally avoiding long recesses to block such a move. While the recess ploy may score political points by highlighting Senate delays in approving nominations, it is straining constitutional bounds and inter-branch relations.
July 2, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Racial and ethnic minority group Representatives in Congress play an increasingly important role in the policy process as their numbers grow. This Congress Project seminar explored the dynamics of minority group leadership and how it is changing the face of Congress and national policy debates.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress agreed in October to fund the government for six more months rather than suffer the political consequences of a government shutdown. While outrage over the killing of U.S. personnel in Libya threatened to derail the agreeement, pressures to adjourn for election campaigns prevailed.
October 24, 2006 By Don WolfensbergerRoll Call Contributing Writer