President Trump Should Adjourn Congress and Fill Critical Executive Positions

Conservative Action Project — Friday, April 17, 2020

Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 4/19/20

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


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
President
ForAmerica
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
President
Club for Growth
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks
The Honorable Matt Schlapp
Chairman
American Conservative Union (ACU)
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Herman Pirchner, Jr.
Founding President
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
The Honorable Scott Walker
President-elect
Young America’s Foundation
Eunie Smith
President
Eagle Forum
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
Jason Jones
President
Movie to Movement
Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs
AFA
Kirk Uhler
Executive Director
National Tax Limitation Committee
The Honorable Penny Pullen
President
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
President
American Encore
J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
Andy Blom
President
Hawaiian Values
Gary Marx
President
Madison Strategies LLC
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
Allen Roth
President
Secure America Now
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Kielle C. Horton
President
The Lindsey Foundation
The Honorable Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
Susan Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
Gregory Quinlan
President
The Center for Garden State Families
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Robert Keith Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Paul Gessing
President
Rio Grande Foundation
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com
William Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
Lori Roman
President
American Constitutional Rights Union
Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins
Allen J. Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Rob Gluskin
Managing Partner
Gluskin Investment Partners
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council National Policy
Nancy Schulze
Member
Women for Trump Advisory Board
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
E.W. Jackson
President
STAND Foundation, Inc.
The Honorable Mike Hill
Representative
Florida State House
Amy Kremer
Chairman
Women for America First
Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association
Dr. Rick W. Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.
Darrel Johnson
CEO
Attic Corp
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Terrence Scanlon
Retired Chairman
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Donna Hearne
CEO
Constitutional Coalition

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