A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good.
The case involves a challenge to Mr. Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in early January — during a time when the Senate was holding pro forma sessions every [...]
January 17, 2012
President Obama has been generating a lot of controversy lately. This time it is over his appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during the Senate’s current recess. Well, according to Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Fund, President Obama ignored the fact that the Senate was in session and acted anyway creating a “constitutional crisis”.
The President has the right to appoint anyone he [...]
Congressman Jeff Landry (R-LA) has just introduced the Executive Appointment Reform Act to reverse the Constitutional damage President Obama has done with his unprecedented “recess” appointments.
Contact your Representative today by calling (202) 224-3121 to urge them to cosponsor and support Rep. Landry’s Executive Appointment Reform Act and stand against President Obama’s abuse of the recess appointment process.
The text of Rep. Landry’s letter to his colleagues in the United States House [...]
President Obama, introducing his controversial recess appointment to a crowd of Pennsylvania supporters, explained that he would not “take no for an answer” from the U.S. Senate — especially the Republicans, that refused to confirm his nominee to the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau.
“I refuse to take no for an answer,” Obama said at a campaign-style event. “I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the senate puts party [...]
From Washington Times:
Congressional officials said President Obama used his recess appointment powers Wednesday to name a head for the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a move Republican lawmakers said amounted to an unconstitutional power grab.
The president acted just a day after the Senateheld a session — a move that breaks with at least three different precedents that said the Senatemust be in recess for at least three days. Mr. Obama himself was part of two of those [...]
By Alexander Bolton
(The Hill) President Obama is under strong pressure from liberals to use his recess-appointment power during the congressional break, but doing so would break 20 years of precedent, putting him in a tough position.
Using this recess to appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as liberals have urged, would also contradict a brief issued by the Clinton Justice Department in 1993, which Obama’s own deputy [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Monday blocked President Barack Obama’s choice for the No. 2 job in the Justice Department and dampened talk that Osama bin Laden’s death might usher in bipartisan cooperation on terrorism matters.
The 50-40 vote, short of the Senate’s required 60-vote threshold, sidelined Obama’s monthslong drive to make official James M. Cole’s position as deputy attorney general. Obama installed Cole as Attorney General Eric Holder’s deputy [...]
Since another huge stimulus would be DOA within Congress because of widespread public worry over huge and growing deficits, the Obama administration is looking for another “recess appointment” approach.
With the US Treasury (borrowing from our children and grandchildren) now set up to provide unlimited backing to Fannie & Freddie, rumor has it that on August 17 when Treasury is set to release plans for the future of Fannie & Freddie, [...]
The Recess Appointments Clause (U.S. Const., art. II, sect. 2, cl. 3) provides: “The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.” This provision raises two basic interpretative issues: (1) what constitutes Ã¢â‚¬Å“the recessÃ¢â‚¬Â of the Senate referred to in the clause? and (2) what does it [...]
Fed up with waiting, President Barack Obama announced Saturday he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs, wielding for the first time the blunt political tool known as the recess appointment.
The move immediately deepened the divide between the Democratic president and Republicans in the Senate following a long, bruising fight over health care. Obama revealed his decision by blistering Republicans, accusing them of holding [...]