The possibility of President Obama making a recess appointment for Richard Cordray to become director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is reportedly being squashed by a somewhat unlikely figure: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
According to a Bloomberg report, Don Stewart, a spokeperson for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says that Reid is planning to keep the Senate in session on a pro forma basis during the upcoming year-end holiday recess. The president can only make recess appointments when both chambers of Congress have adjourned.
‘The Congress hasn't been in recess all year, and we don't expect we will be,’ Stewart says.
Bloomberg also cites two unnamed Senate Democratic leadership aides who affirmed that Reid was not likely to cease the pro forma sessions, which only require the presence of a single senator to take place.
However, even if Reid were to adjourn the Senate, there is the possibility that the Republicans who control the House of Representatives could reject any resolution adjourning the congressional session.
‘We haven't adjourned in quite a while, and I don't expect that to change,’ says Mike Steel, a spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.