WASHINGTON (AP) - In the Senate, Democrats are refusing to
adjourn for the August recess. In the House, Republicans are
refusing to leave.
Senate Democrats have been repeating a tactic they've used all
year. They are invoking a procedure that keeps the Senate from
officially adjourning and stops President Bush from making "recess
appointments" without Senate confirmation. On the other side of
the Capitol, Republicans are in their third day of a protest on the
House floor, demanding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi call the House
back into session to vote on an energy bill that includes an
increase in domestic oil drilling.
Because the House has formally adjourned, microphones were
turned off, the lights were dimmed and the TV cameras are off, so
the only people directly listening to lawmakers were tourists
filling the visitors' gallery and seats on the House floor.
Democrats call the Republican protest a political stunt. One GOP
lawmaker says, it's "a major message to America and America is