A resolution has been introduced that congress can assemble anywhere they choose. Will this allow congress to meet in secret locations away from public scrutiny? Will taxpayers be picking up the tab for destinations unknown?
The Constitution of the United States clearly states:
Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
On January 6, 2009 a concurrent resolution was passed by the house of representatives to change a clause in the Constitution.
In affect, this resolution to the Constitution of the United States enables Speaker of the House (currently Nancy Pelosi, D – CA) and the Majority Leader of the Senate (currently Harry Reid, D – NV) to direct members of the House and Senate to assemble at a place outside of Washington, DC
This resolution, introduced by Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter of New York (D) on January 6, 2009 – the first day in session by the 111th Congress. The Resolution passed in the House of Representatives then referred to and received in the Senate which was then referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, born in 1929, has served in Congress since 1986.
H Con Res 1 <— read the entire resolution here