Congressmen from both chambers are currently in their districts, most likely holding town halls with their constituents. However, the Senate briefly gaveled into session on Monday, and then gaveled out. One might assume that this could be a thorn in the side of the White House, as Senate Republicans used to use procedural tactics to prevent President Obama from doing recess appointments. However, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) brought the Senate into session to avoid the ramification of an usually obscure Senate rule. As the Senate’s break is over a month long, Senate Rule XXXI would dictate that presidential nominations get sent back, and presumably start from the beginning. This rule was used by Senate Republicans back in 2010. But with Sen. Cardin’s quick session, the rule cannot be used. This time to the delight of the White House.