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President Trump Should Adjourn Congress and Fill Critical Executive Positions

Trump Adjourn Congress
The conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project, led by President Reagan’s Attorney General Edwin Meese III and CAP Chairman Alfred S. Regnery, have released an open letter to President Trump decrying the calculated obstruction by Senate Democrats and the Senate’s 2 ½ day workweek and urging him to adjourn Congress and use his recess appointment power fill key positions that have been left vacant in his administration through congressional inaction and obstruction.

April 17, 2020

Washington, DC

In his rose garden press conference on April 15, 2020, the President announced his intent to exercise his constitutional power to adjourn both houses of Congress to allow him to fill vacancies within his administration.

“The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments. We have a tremendous number of people that have to come into government. And now more so than before because of the virus…. If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress. The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro-forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis. It is a scam what they do. It’s a scam and everybody knows it and it’s been that way for a long time. And perhaps it’s never been done before, nobody’s even sure if it has, but we’re going to do it. We need these people here. We need people for this crisis and we don’t want to play any more political games.”

Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the President may, "on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper."

While we strongly support the Senate’s advice and consent role in judicial and executive nominations, the calculated obstruction by Senate Democrats combined with the Senate’s 2 ½ day workweek has resulted in an unprecedented backlog in executive appointments. And now, due to an emergency situation caused by the Chinese coronavirus, the House and Senate have gone into an extended recess leaving critical positions unfilled. These positions include 129 nominees, such as the Director of National Intelligence, two members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Financial Markets, and the Undersecretary of Agriculture responsible for administering food security programs.

We urge the President and Senate leadership to work together to immediately invoke Article II Section 3, adjourn both houses of Congress, and use his recess appointment power to fill key positions with strong conservative candidates.

(All organizations listed for IDENTIFICATION purposes only)

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

The Honorable Charles J. Cooper
Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project &
President, Conservative Partnership Institute

Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

David Bozell

Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth

Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment,
Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy

The Honorable Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)

William L. Walton
Council for National Policy

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Herman Pirchner, Jr.
Founding President
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation

The Honorable Scott Walker
Young America’s Foundation

Eunie Smith
Eagle Forum

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications

Jason Jones
Movie to Movement

Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs

Kirk Uhler
Executive Director
National Tax Limitation Committee

The Honorable Penny Pullen
Life Advocacy Resource Project

Jake Hoffman
President & CEO
Rally Forge

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan's Chief Defense and Space Negotiator &
Former SDI Director

Sean Noble
American Encore

J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor

Andy Blom
Hawaiian Values

Gary Marx
Madison Strategies LLC

William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company

Allen Roth
Secure America Now

Seton Motley
Less Government

Kielle C. Horton
The Lindsey Foundation

The Honorable Peter Thomas
The Conservative Caucus

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute

Susan Carleson
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform

Gregory Quinlan
The Center for Garden State Families

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Robert Keith Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

Paul Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis
60 Plus Association

Floyd Brown
The Western Journal

Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO

William Shaker
Washington Marketing Group

Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group

Lori Roman
American Constitutional Rights Union

Chad Connelly
Faith Wins

Allen J. Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Rob Gluskin
Managing Partner
Gluskin Investment Partners

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Media Research Center

Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council National Policy

Nancy Schulze
Women for Trump Advisory Board

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

E.W. Jackson
STAND Foundation, Inc.

The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House

Amy Kremer
Women for America First

Tim Wildmon
American Family Association

Janet Cook
Administrative Assistant
Recover America Now

Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America

Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.

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