House Votes Down Adjournment
In a vote yesterday, the House of representatives voted on whether to adjourn for the August recess. In a vote of 150-265, the House will not adjourn for the month of August.
Although a majority of Republicans voted for adjournment, 78 Republicans sided with Democrats to strike down the adjournment vote.
Democrats this week argued that the House should stay in session to work on unfinished business, such as middle class tax relief and the farm bill, still before them.
Frank Lucas, chairman of the Agriculture Committee said that since the House will not be adjourning, he expects that his committee will be able to report a farm bill in the coming weeks.
According to House Majority Whip, Republicans who voted against adjournment will be responsible for managing the ProForma sessions for the month of August.
The Senate approved the adjournment resolution earlier Thursday.
Pro Forma sessions are held everry few days, no business is conducted and the session lasts a very short time.
The House went into session this morning at 10 am. Bill Flores was designated the Speaker Pro Tempore for the day, a prayer was given by the House Chaplain, the journal of the previous day's proceedings were approved, the pledge of allegiance was reccited, a message from the clerk was received and the session was adjourned.
The entire session lasted four minutes and nine seconds. The house will convene again on Monday.