How about everyone actually READ the article. Most of your questions are answered there.
For those of you who can't figure out how to click on the link, here is what I am talking about
Obama has constitutional power to make appointments during a congressional recess.
Expressly to keep that from happening, Republicans in the Senate have had the Senate running in "pro forma" sessions, meaning open for business in name with no actual business planned. Democrats started the practice under Bush to halt him from making recess appointments.
The Senate held such a session on Tuesday and planned another one on Friday. Republicans contend Obama cannot make a recess appointment during such a break of less than three days, based on years of precedent, and they point to comments by Obama's own Justice Department echoing that view.
Regardless, the Obama White House now contends such an approach is a gimmick.
For all practical purposes, the Senate is in recess and Obama is free to make the appointment on his own, without Senate confirmation, administration officials said.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012...#ixzz1igl48ATp
In short, rather than our politicians deciding what need to be done and doing it, they are making all these stupid bullshit moves trying to out maneuver each other while nothing actually gets done.