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There appears to be some confusion on whether the President can call Congress back into session to consider offshore drilling.

Bottom Line: YES HE CAN.

Constitution of the United States of America, Article II, Section 3
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Clause 2: Calling Congress into extraordinary session; adjourning them
The President may call extraordinary sessions of one or both Houses of Congress. If the two Houses cannot agree on a date for adjournment, the President may adjourn both Houses to such a time as he or she thinks fit. The last time this power was exercised was in 1948, when President Harry Truman called a special session of Congress. That was the twenty-seventh time in American history when a president convened such a session.

A Special Session of Congress may be convened after that Congress has already adjourned sine die.
The Constitution gives the president the authority to recall Congress for special sessions.
Since the first Congress, 27 special sessions have been held. The last was called by Pres. Truman in 1948.

Truman convenes special session of Congress July 26, 1948
On 27 occasions, presidents have called both houses into session to deal with a crisis. The most recent of these special sessions -- and the first one since 1856 -- met at the behest of President Harry S. Truman on this day in 1948.
With less than four months remaining before Election Day, Truman's approval rating stood at 36 percent. His GOP opponent, New York Gov. Thomas Dewey, looked like a sure winner.
So in search of a bold political gesture, the president turned to the provision in the Constitution that allows the president "on extraordinary occasions" to convene one or both houses of Congress. And Congress at that time was controlled by the GOP.
In accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at 1:45 a.m. in a stifling Philadelphia convention hall, Truman stunned delegates by calling on the Republican majority to live up to its party platform by passing laws that bolstered civil rights, extended Social Security and created a national health care program. "They can do this job in 15 days if they want to do it," he said.

MIDEAST TENSIONS; Bush May Recall Congress To Consider Force in Gulf
By SUSAN F. RASKY, SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES; Published: November 29, 1990

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