Senate Avoids Officially Adjourning

The United States Senate went into session the day after Christmas. Senators want to avoid officially adjourning. If they did adjourn, President Bush could make recess appointments, naming officials without Senate confirmation. So Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who lives nearby, went to the Capitol and gaveled the body into session for 10 seconds. Fortunately there wasn't a quorum call, since the other 99 senators didn't make it.

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