US Senate to prevent Bush appointments

The U.S. Senate will hold special one-man sessions throughout Christmas and the New Year in order that President George W. Bush cannot make appointments without the legislature's approval, U.S. media reported Monday.

US Senate to prevent Bush appointments
On Sunday morning, a Democratic senator held the first special session by himself, which lasted only a few seconds.

Similar ceremonies would be held every two or three days until Jan. 18 when lawmakers resume their work.

Bush, from the Republican party, has the authority to appoint ambassadors, judges and other key posts without the Senate's confirmation if it is completely in recess. But by holding special sessions, the Senate, which is now controlled by Democrats, would prevent him from doing so.

Previously Bush had used this power to battle Democratic foes over disputable nominations including John Bolton's appointment as Washington's ambassador to the UN in 2005.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Aralık 2007, 09:55