Monday, December 31, 2007

The Lighter Side of Fighting Off Empire

It's like a bad sitcom.

In one of the shortest session in its history, the Senate's final session of the year lasted a total of 12 seconds Monday.

Democrats kept the Senate in session over the holiday season.

Only one senator, Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island, was in the chamber to gavel open the Senate and adjourn it until January 3.

Monday's event was the latest in a series of "pro forma" sessions the Senate has called. Pro forma means "for the sake of formality" and these micro sessions are part of the last political scuffle between the White House and the Democratic-led Congress.
Necessary, unfortunately.

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