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In the practice of courts, a brief interval during which all business is suspended without an adjournment.

A recess in legislative practice is an interval of time between sessions of the same continuous body, as opposed to the period between the final adjournment of one legislative body and the convening of another at the next regular session.

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n. a break in a trial or other court proceedings or a legislative session until a date and time certain. Recess is not to be confused with "adjournment" which winds up the proceedings.

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We achieved the goal of reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act (VRA) before the congressional recess in August.
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AGC commended House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and the other members of the committee for completing work on the bills before the July 4 congressional recess.
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As of the August congressional recess, the House had approved 11 of the 13 appropriations bills; the Senate, only four.
Then, Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan announced that after the August Congressional recess, he will use a rare "Resolution of Disapproval" to force a Senate vote to reverse both the television ownership measure and a "cross-ownership" rule change that would allow one company to own the daily newspaper and most of the major television and radio stations in a single city.
With the August Congressional recess well underway, an unofficial coalition is, in a mostly quiet fashion, trying to influence the media ownership debate.
A group of Western senators announced plans to develop legislative proposals on wildfire and forest health issues during the congressional recess and then attempt to attach them to the FY 2003 Interior Appropriations hill 15.
Because key Democrats blocked Reich's nomination, the president in January bypassed the Senate by using his constitutional powers to appoint a nominee during a congressional recess. But the so-called recess appointment would end with this session of Congress.
Despite gaining the support of Republican heavyweights Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) and former President Gerald Ford opposing cloning legislation that would ban all human cloning - reproductive and therapeutic - Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said he will delay on the issue until after the Memorial Day congressional recess.
At this point in the middle of the Congressional recess, most observers believe that the prospects for the enactment of a bankruptcy bill continue to appear bleak.

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