House Suddenly Votes to Adjourn by Unanimous Consent under Pressure from Obama
August 8, 2012 • 8:43AM

The House of Representatives, which only last Thursday had voted not to recess, yesterday reversed that decision without debate or explanation, and quickly approved a resolution that calls for the adjournment of the lower chamber until early September.

Last week every Democrat and 78 Republicans had voted to stay in session during August.

LPAC had campaigned against a recess, given the ongoing global process of financial disintegration, and the danger that Obama could use the recess to involve the U.S. in a war which could quickly become thermonuclear. Instead LPAC had proposed that Congress move immediately to reinstate Glass-Steagall, return to National Banking, and launch NAWAPA, and at the same time remove Obama from office.

Other reasons were given for not recessing by various Congressmen, including such unfinished business as sequestration, the Farm Bill, etc.

Nancy Pelosi had even argued: "The Republican majority is prepared to adjourn the House of Representatives to leave for the August district work period without accomplishing what the American people have sent us here to do."

But yesterday morning, with the chamber nearly empty, the clerk read S.Con.Res. 59, which the Senate approved and allows for the adjournment of the House and Senate until Sept. 10.

"Without objection the concurrent resolution is agreed to and a motion to reconsider is laid upon the table," presiding officer Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said after the resolution was read.

After the resolution was passed in the House by unanimous consent, it was then passed in Senate, which was also in session, because it takes approval by both chambers to adjourn.

It is clear from today's vote, given the opposition to adjournment just last Thursday from the entire House Democratic caucus, that Obama prevailed in some way upon the Democratic leadership to join with the Republican leadership in adjourning. However, precisely what occurred is not yet known.

The danger is that this vote in the House gives Obama a free hand to act against the interests of the United States and the rest of the world during this crucial month of August.