Heard on the Hill

Protest-Free Pro Forma?

House Democrats were noticeably absent during Tuesday’s pro forma session, which was delayed until 4 p.m. because of Hurricane/superstorm Sandy.

“Obviously, we have been going to each pro forma session and pointing out that Republicans are not in session and are not getting work done,” a Democratic leadership aide said. “But given Hurricane Sandy and its devastating impact, we felt that [Tuesday] was not the time.”

The Rev. Gene Hemrick, the guest chaplain, opened the session on a somber note, praying for victims and those who lost power and property during the storm that ravaged the Northeast. Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette presided over the minutes-long session and observed a moment of silence for those who lost their lives.

With the storm receding, Democrats will likely be back Friday to once again call on Republicans to return to Washington and address issues they see as critical to the American people.

“Stay tuned,” one Democratic leadership aide said.

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