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Court to Obama Admin: Actually, Those Recess Appointments Were Unconstitutional

Free_Markets_Free_People Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 2:27 PM
Just saw Jay Carney commenting on this court's decision as being unprecedented. That both parties made recess appointments for decades. The court's decision was that indeed congress was in session when the appointments were made by the Obama administration. At the time if I remember correctly, President Obama declared that congress wasn't in session and then made his appointments. Both parties have used the proforma session to deny the sitting president the ability to make a recess appointment.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously slapped down the controversial “recess” appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board way back in early January of 2012, in what the Associated Press rightly calls an “embarrassing setback.” Indeed, if the Supreme Court upholds the decision, it very well may nullify everything the board has done since the appointments, as it won’t have actually had the quorum of three members required to issue regulations. Ouch.

The unanimous decision is an embarrassing setback for the president, who made the appointments after Senate Republicans spent months blocking...