And he laid out a condition to releasing his objection: “confirmation from the administration that it will respect practice and precedent on recess appointments.”
McConnell added that he needed from the White House “assurances that have been routinely given at this point with regard to recess appointments.”
Later in the day, it became clear that McConnell’s demands were not satisfied. The Senate will now convene for 10 “pro forma” sessions over the next month, where the chamber will meet for only seconds every few days just to say it’s in session, thereby preventing recess appointments from being made. A White House spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.