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Pro forma sessions are meetings of the U.S. Congress held “in form only.” Either house of Congress can hold pro forma sessions. During pro forma sessions, no votes are taken and no other legislative business is conducted.
The U.S. House will hold a brief Pro Forma session on day 3 of the government shutdown.
Pro forma sessions can also be used to prevent the President pocket-vetoing bills, or calling the Congress into special session. They have also been used to prevent presidents from making recess appointments .
The GOP-controlled Senate also held pro-forma sessions over the week-long Fourth of July recess.
Senate Pro Forma Session. The U.S. Senate met for a pro forma session with no legislative business scheduled.
Pro forma sessions are meetings held ‘in form only.’ As used in parliamentary law, it refers to a legislative session held not to conduct business but to satisfy a constitutional provision that neither house may adjourn for longer than a certain time without the other house's consent.