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  • Obama could still force Garland onto court during ‘intersession recess’

    01/01/2017 3:47:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 92 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — but it’s a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn’t worth the fight. Mr. Obama’s moment will come just before noon, in the five minutes that the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of session and the time the 115th Congress begins. In those few moments the Senate will go into what’s known as an “intersession recess,” creating one golden moment when the president...
  • Is there any way Obama can fill Supreme Court vacancy?

    02/15/2016 10:55:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 15, 2016 | Henry Gass
    Probably not. So he needs to decide how he wants to pressure Republicans. He has several options. President Obama has promised to uphold his "constitutional responsibility" to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative stalwart who died over the weekend. Now, he just needs to decide whether to try to soften Republican senators with the pick or make it a full-throated, election-year political statement. Numerous Senate Republicans have already said they will not confirm a new Supreme Court justice before this fall's presidential elections. Given that the new appointment could tilt the court's balance of power...
  • White House Reportedly Rules Out Supreme Court Recess Appointment 'This Week'

    02/15/2016 7:53:53 PM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | alllahpundit
    I’m surprised. Since when does President Overreach demurely pass on a bold show of executive power in favor of consultation with Congress — especially when Republican senators are vowing to block anyone he sends to them? McConnell will see to it that the Senate doesn’t recess for the rest of the year, no matter how many “pro forma sessions” that requires, in order to deny O an opportunity for a recess appointment. Minor footnote, though: The Senate is in recess right now. It began on February 12, a day before Justice Scalia passed away, and isn’t set to end until...
  • The Constitution Does Not Require the Senate to Vote on a Nomination

    02/14/2016 5:50:00 PM PST · by SMGFan · 67 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 14, 2016 | Adam J. White
    Senator Schumer appeared Sunday on ABC's This Week and responded to suggestions that the Senate might not confirm the lame-duck President's nomination to replace the late Justice Scalia: "show me the clause [in the Constitution] that says [the] president's only president for three years." True, Presidents serve four-year terms. But here's a question for Senator Schumer: Can you show me the clause that says the Senate must vote on, let alone confirm, a President's nominee? I'll save him the effort: There is no such clause in the Constitution

    02/14/2016 2:53:16 PM PST · by CaptainK · 75 replies ^ | 02/14/16 | Elizabeth Price Foley
    COULD OBAMA MAKE A RECESS APPOINTMENT TO REPLACE SCALIA?: The answer appears to be yes because (once again), the GOP-controlled Senate voluntarily has left itself vulnerable to the exercise of such presidential power. Article II, section 2 of the Constitution gives the President power to fill vacancies “during the recess of the Senate”: 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.
  • Obstructionism Is Patriotic

    06/27/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 27, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Three cheers for right-wing obstructionism. Can we have more, please, and louder? This week's unanimous Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's illegal recess appointments is a double smackdown. First, it's a rebuke against arrogant White House power-grabbers who thought they could act with absolute impunity and interminable immunity. Second, the ruling is a reproach of all the establishment pushovers on Capitol Hill who put comity above constitutional principle. In a nutshell: The high court determined that Obama lawlessly exceeded his executive authority when he foisted three members onto the National Labor Relations Board in 2012, during what Democrats declared was...
  • Supreme Court Narrows President's Recess Appointment Power

    06/26/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    NBC ^ | 06.26.2014 | NBC News
    The US Supreme Court today limited a president's power to make recess appointments when the White House and the Senate are controlled by opposite parties, scaling back a presidential authority as old as the republic.

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court said Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.
  • SCOTUS to Decide Landmark Recess Appointment Case

    01/11/2014 7:49:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | January 11, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    In the coming days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Noel Canning versus the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This case arose when President Obama made several so-called recess appointments to the Board on January 4, 2012 when the Senate was not formally in recess. This landmark case is expected to determine how much leeway the President has to make appointments without Senate confirmation, and more significantly, it will have serious implications on the broader powers of the presidency itself and the system of checks and balances. The United States Court of Appeals for...
  • Big Labor's Rewards Come at Public's Expense

    11/12/2013 6:41:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 12, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    Union bosses have an air of entitlement among themselves nowadays. Over the past two election cycles, organized labor has collectively spent hundreds of millions dollars electing President Obama and like-minded Congressmen and Senators. For their efforts, they have come to expect a sizable return on investment. And for the most part, their every wish, no matter how absurd, has been granted by the president himself. Since Big Labor helped President Obama pass his signature healthcare legislation, union bosses have been pushing to receive an exemption from the very same law. The hypocrisy is striking, which is perhaps why the...
  • Third court overturns Obama recess appointments

    07/17/2013 7:06:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    A third federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Obama violated the Constitution last year when he made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, adding more weight to the case as it goes before the Supreme Court in the justices’ next session. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, said that the president can only make recess appointments after Congress has adjourned “sine die,” which in modern times has meant when it breaks at the end of each year.
  • Reid To Hold Cloture Vote On Hagel At 4:15 EST

    02/14/2013 12:34:46 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    TPM ^ | 2-14-2013 | Igor Bobic
    Reid To Hold Cloture Vote On Hagel At 4:15 EST IGOR BOBIC 3:16 PM EST, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2013 The Senate will hold a cloture vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense at 4:15pm ET on Thursday, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced. The move would end debate and move to a final vote on confirmation. Several Republican senators, including Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said they plan to vote against cloture this week in order to allow more time to review Hagel's record. They indicated that they would move to end debate, even...
  • Court: Obama Appointments to Labor Panel Are Unconstitutional

    01/25/2013 9:36:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 25, 203 | Staff
    President Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board. The unanimous decision is an embarrassing setback for the president, who made the appointments after Senate Republicans spent months blocking his choices for an agency they contended was biased in favor of unions. The ruling also throws into question Obama's recess...
  • Court to Obama: What Part of ‘The’ Do You Not Understand?

    01/25/2013 2:13:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 25, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today that if the word “the” in the U.S. Constitution carries its customary meaning—which the court forcefully affirmed it does—than President Barack Obama violated the Constitution and usurped power from Congress by appointing persons to federal office without securing the constitutionally required consent of the Senate. On Jan. 4, 2012, Obama unilaterally named three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB). The Senate—by a unanimous agreement of all 100 senators—had said that it was in fact still in session that day and not in the recess....
  • US Consumer Bureau Chief Plans To Fix 'Broken' Mortgage Market

    04/10/2012 9:12:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2012 | By Maya Jackson Randall
    A new U.S. regulator Tuesday had harsh words for banks and other firms at the center of a mortgage-servicing mess involving shoddy record-keeping and foreclosure abuses, proving that fixing widespread problems will be a top priority in the months ahead. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, in a speech Tuesday, announced a package of rules the agency is considering that could soon require mortgage servicing firms, led by Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), Bank of America Corp. (BAC), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Citigroup Inc. (C), to reach out aggressively to delinquent borrowers, warn them about coming...
  • Justice memo argues Obama recess appointments were legal

    01/12/2012 10:11:53 AM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/12/12 12:32 PM ET | Alexander Bolton
    The Department of Justice offered a defense on Thursday for President Obama’s controversial decision to make several recess appointments while Congress was in pro forma sessions. In a memo, Justice argued the pro-forma sessions held every third day in the Senate do not constitute a functioning body that can render advice and consent on the president’s nominees. It said the president acted consistently under the law by making the appointments.
  • GOP: Could Obama make a recess appointment overnight or on weekend? (strongly worded letter to DOJ)

    01/09/2012 6:05:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/06/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    GOP: Could Obama make a recess appointment overnight or on weekend?By Pete Kasperowicz - 01/06/12 03:01 PM ET Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking the Obama administration whether recess appointments overnight and on the weekend are possible after the president's decision this week to appoint four federal officials despite pro forma sessions by Congress. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Grassley and seven other Republican senators on Friday pressed the Obama administration for more details about its decision to make the controversial recess appointments. Grassley's letter said the White House broke with 90 years of precedent on Wednesday...
  • Obama's recess appointment challenge

    01/07/2012 7:52:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | Editorial
    The appointment of former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray did, in fact, push the edge of the constitutional envelope. But it was a rational response to an increasingly gridlocked Congress and a growing willingness among lawmakers to employ procedural tools to stop the executive branch from functioning. The legal questions raised by Cordray's appointment could ultimately upend any rules the new bureau may adopt for payday lenders and others outside the banking system. So while Obama's tactic plays well with Democrats, it may not help the people the bureau was designed to protect. Nevertheless, Republicans can't complain about Obama resorting...
  • Obama's Recess Appointments: An Impeachable Offense?

    01/05/2012 5:46:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2012 | Editor
    Constitution: President Obama's nonrecess "recess appointments" can't be excused as over-the-top electioneering. This president has crossed over from socialistic extremism into lawlessness and, perhaps, impeachability. The U.S. Constitution established a strong presidency — so strong that even one of the most esteemed founding fathers, Patrick Henry, worried it would be kinglike. But this week saw a president exceed even those broad constitutional powers because doing so fits his election-year narrative of a "do-nothing Congress" so well. Now we have the makings of a banana republic, where the rule of clearly written constitutional law is compromised by a ruler's subjective whim....
  • (Communist Controlled) White House mum over possible appointment legal advice

    01/05/2012 5:37:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | 1/5/2012 | Jeremy Pelofsky and David Ingram
    The White House on Thursday refused to say whether lawyers at the U.S. Justice Department gave the green light to President Barack Obama's controversial appointments to two agencies but experts said the department almost certainly did provide advice. The department's Office of Legal Counsel advises the president and government agencies. In the past, it has issued guidance about the constitutionality of so-called recess appointments that are done when the Senate is away. That counsel is seen as critical to providing justification for decisions and actions by a president. It has been key on other major issues, such as the use...
  • What is a recess? Constitution doesn't specify (cover for the Kenyan)

    01/05/2012 9:22:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    WMCTV ^ | 1/05/11 | ALAN FRAM
    What is a recess? Constitution doesn't specifyBy ALAN FRAM Associated Press Updated: Jan 05, 2012 10:32 AM EST (AP) - The Constitution lets presidents make temporary appointments while the Senate is in recess but does not specify what a recess is or how long one must last before that power can be exercised. That ambiguity, courtesy of the founding fathers, is helping fuel a battle between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over whether he had legally installed Richard Cordray on Wednesday to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with three others he named to the National Labor...
  • King Barack's Power Grab [Recess Appointments]

    01/05/2012 6:50:52 AM PST · by DBCJR · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 05, 2012
    President Obama yesterday played a violent game of kickball with the US Constitution, making a number of high-level “recess” appointments — even though the Senate isn’t actually in recess. He named former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Board, a nomination Republicans have been fighting. And then he named three new members of the pro-union activist National Labor Relations Board. Presidents have the right to make temporary appointments when Congress is away from Washington, of course, and both parties have used that power. But Obama is the first president to declare that he, and he...
  • Obama recess appointment power is murky (It's not "murky", it's Unconstitutional)

    01/04/2012 6:12:12 PM PST · by tobyhill · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/4/2012 | By MANU RAJU and SCOTT WONG
    What happens when the president makes a recess appointment when the Senate is not technically on recess? Nobody knows. But President Barack Obama’s decision to jam the Senate and install three labor nominees and a consumer watchdog without a confirmation vote raises unsettled legal questions that could have a long-lasting impact past his presidency. “This is not a nice, clear-cut area at all,” said Robert Dove, a former Senate parliamentarian, when asked about the implications of the president’s move. Legal experts said Wednesday that there was no precedent for such recess appointments and that it would likely be put to...
  • Breaking: Obama also set to make recess appointments to the NLRB

    01/04/2012 12:38:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 132 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 1/4/12 | Greg Sargent
    It isn’t just Richard Cordray. Obama is also set to use recess appointments to install his picks to the National Labor Relations Board, according to White House officials and others familiar with ongoing discussions. The move, which is arguably as impotant as the Cordray appointment, will ratchet up opposition from Republicans and make this an even bigger fight, since they have been attacking the NLRB regularly for its moves to streamline union elections and inform workers of their rights. Obama is set to appoint Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Griffin to the board — something unions have made a...
  • Congress Won't Recess To Block Obama Appointments

    12/10/2011 1:30:55 PM PST · by bkopto · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | Dec 9, 2011 | DAVID WELNA
    Senate Republicans blocked confirmation votes on two of President Obama's most high-profile nominees this week — one for a seat on a federal appeals court, the other to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Traditionally, the end-of-the-year holidays have allowed presidents to bypass Congress and give such thwarted nominees recess appointments. But an angry President Obama is quickly leaning that this might not be the case this year. Obama insisted, "I will not take any options off the table when it comes to getting Richard Cordray in as director of the consumer finance protection board." The only way the...
  • Congress nixes chance of Obama recess appointments

    05/27/2011 5:33:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | May 27, 2011
    Republican senators on Friday forced the US Senate to stay in session over its week-long Memorial Day break in a bid to prevent President Barack Obama from nominating a controversial head of a new consumer protection bureau. Obama has the right to make so-called "recess appointments" any time the Senate breaks for four days or more. It is widely expected that the president will appoint the controversial and straight-talking Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
  • GOP should block Memorial Day recess appointments

    05/24/2011 5:43:15 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2011
    As the days wind down to the scheduled weeklong congressional recess to mark Memorial Day, Republicans have a choice to make. Will they merely grumble about President Obama using the break to appoint more radical nominees without Senate confirmation, or will they actually stop him? To date, Obama has made 28 recess appointments. One of them, Donald Berwick, was put in charge of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, even though he was never scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing. If Republicans don't act, history could repeat itself next week. Read more at the Washington Examiner:
  • Senate blocks Obama choice for No. 2 at Justice

    05/09/2011 5:44:26 PM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies
    Google (AP) ^ | May 8, 2011
    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. ((snip)) Some saw the vote Monday, which Senate Democrats kept open for about 40 extra minutes, as an early sign of whether Republicans might give Obama the national security team he seeks. Only Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., crossed...
  • Democrats cite U.S. security in pushing Justice job nominee

    05/08/2011 7:59:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2011 | Sean Lengell
    With a key test vote in the Senate on Monday, Democrats are playing the national security card in their push to get the No. 2 man at the Justice Department confirmed. Democrats argue that acting Deputy Attorney General James Cole, whom President Obama wants named to the post permanently, needs full congressional backing if the treasure trove of intelligence from Osama bin Laden’s killing can be fully put to use. “There’s a heightened need for him now, given all the new work that’s going to come forward,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said during a SenateJudiciary Committee hearing...
  • Hidden among the recess appointments

    01/01/2011 2:34:53 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 3 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Saturday, January 1, 2011 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Norman Eisen was given a recess appointment as ambassador to the Czech Republic in what smells like a political payoff. Eisen was the special counsel 'tool' President Obama had call Inspector General Gerald Walpin and demand he resign. You may remember Walpin was investigating AmeriCorps and an Obama supporter at the time. Walpin refused to resign and subsequently was fired by President Obama.
  • Obama makes four appointments, bypassing Senate

    08/19/2010 5:22:07 PM PDT · by bd476 · 81 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 19 August 2010 | VINEYARD HAVEN
    Massachusetts (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday made four recess job appointments to his administration, including a new U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, postponing the need for Senate approval. Recess appointments, which have been made by presidents of both parties, allow a president to temporarily bypass the Senate confirmation process required for senior federal posts by filling vacant positions while lawmakers are on vacation.
  • BREAKING: Obama Appoints Maria del Carmen Aponte as Ambassador to El Salvador

    08/19/2010 11:18:55 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | 08/20/10 | Erick Erickson
    This is huge news coming on the heels of Barack Obama’s support for the Ground Zero Mosque. He has appointed Maria del Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador to El Salvador. Three United States Senators have a hold on her nomination. Why? Because she had a longterm relationship with a top Cuban spy. She withdrew as a Clinton appointee back in the 90’s because of it. Senators questioned whether or not Aponte knew about her lover’s spying on the United States and had other serious concerns related to that relationship. How will the American public react when they learn Barack Obama...
  • Vacationing Obama makes 4 recess appointments

    08/19/2010 2:27:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 19, 2010 | MARK S. SMITH
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) -- Once again bypassing a gridlocked Senate, President Barack Obama acted Thursday to install three agency officials and a diplomat whose nominations had stalled amid election-year squabbling. In a statement released shortly after he arrived here for vacation, Obama said the partisanship left him no choice but to resort to what's called a "recess appointment". He said Americans deserve better.
  • Donald Berwick: Death Czar (picture) - vanity

    07/20/2010 10:49:59 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 5 replies · 1+ views
    self ^ | 7/20/2010 | NewJerseyJoe
  • Obama's Recess-Appointed Medicare Chief Speaks at HHS Press Conference But Doesn’t Stick Around..

    07/14/2010 8:54:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | July 14, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Complete title: Obama's Recess-Appointed Medicare Chief Speaks at HHS Press Conference But Doesn’t Stick Around for Questions Washington ( – President Barack Obama’s controversial pick to run Medicare and Medicaid made his first public appearance  Tuesday since he landed the job in a recess appointment,  but he did not remain at the press conference long enough to take any questions from the news media.  Dr. Donald Berwick, the new administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who has openly advocated for a health care system that "must redistribute wealth," spoke to a crowd of about 200 people, including reporters, at...
  • Dodging a health-care fight

    07/08/2010 2:51:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 8, 2010 | John Podhoretz
    On Tuesday, the Obama ad ministration decided to do something rather peculiar, somewhat shocking and politically fascinating: It circumvented the process by which the Senate advises and consents on executive-branch nominees. The move, which seems unprecedented in subtle but important ways, promises increased chaos in Washington -- but also hope on health care. President Obama wants a distinguished doctor named Donald Berwick to head up the office that administers Medicare and Medicaid -- two of the most expensive programs in the federal government. Ordinarily, the nomination would have gone through the process known as "confirmation," with a hearing before the...
  • Flashback Video: New Obama Appointee Opposes Free Markets

    07/07/2010 8:28:31 AM PDT · by · 5 replies
    Eyeblast TV / The Blast ^ | 7/7/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    Today, President Obama officially made Donald Berwick his recess appointment to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2008 while speaking to a British audience about why he opposes free market solutions to health care problems, Berwick essentially said we should move away from free markets and give leaders the final say. “Please don’t put your faith in market forces. It is a popular idea that Adam Smith’s invisible hand will do a better job at designing care than leaders with plans can do. I do not agree. I find little evidence anywhere that market...
  • WH: Obama filling Medicare post, bypassing Senate

    07/06/2010 5:38:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2010 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama intends to use the congressional recess to bypass the Senate and appoint Dr. Donald Berwick, an expert on patient care who's drawn fire from the GOP, to oversee Medicare and Medicaid, the White House announced late Tuesday. The appointment was to be made Wednesday, with lawmakers out of town for their annual July Fourth break, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said in a post on the White House blog.
  • Customs commissioner neglected to file forms on household employees (Bersin)

    05/15/2010 8:04:51 AM PDT · by AuntB · 70 replies · 1,759+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2010 | Ed O'Keefe
    <p>Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didn't know he's required by law to file paperwork verifying that his household employees were authorized to work in the United States.</p> <p>Bersin told senators that he and his wife tracked the immigration status of a nanny, house cleaners and babysitters "on a piece of paper that was on file in our home."</p>
  • BULLETIN: Obama announces more than a dozen recess appointments

    03/27/2010 11:54:25 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 137 replies · 5,360+ views
    Twitter ^ | March 27, 2010 | marcambinder
    BULLETIN: Obama announces more than a dozen recess appointments, including NRLB nominee Craig Becker. 3 minutes ago via Tweetie Appointments include 5 members of EEOC, senior DHS management offcial, CPB...
  • Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee [Reid on Solicitor General Theodore Olson....]

    09/12/2007 12:29:42 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies · 2,059+ views
    Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee 41 minutes ago Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed on Wednesday to block former Solicitor General Theodore Olson from becoming attorney general if President George W. Bush nominates him to replace Alberto Gonzales. Congressional and administration officials have described Olson as a leading contender for the job as the nation's chief U.S. law enforcement officer, but Reid declared: "Ted Olson will not be confirmed" by the Senate. "He's a partisan, and the last thing we need as an attorney general is a partisan," Reid told Reuters in a brief hallway interview on...
  • Of foxes and hens (Utah mine collapse Bushs fault)

    08/18/2007 11:10:03 AM PDT · by crazyhorse691 · 29 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 18, 2007 | braindamaged editors
    The Utah mine tragedy underlines the importance of oversight of presidential appointments Saturday, August 18, 2007 T he United States Senate knew exactly how to respond when Richard Strickler was nominated to monitor the health and safety of U.S. miners. It rejected him. Twice. Last year, President Bush waited until October, when senators were out of town, to hand Stickler what's called a "recess appointment," meaning he got the job without having to be confirmed. As the drama unfolds beneath Utah, it seems none to soon to re-examine quite what was the Senate's concern? It turns out that senators, who...
  • { Southwick } Judge Nominee Runs Into Senate Trouble

    08/01/2007 1:32:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 720+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats on Wednesday threatened to block Republicans from forcing a vote on a Mississippi judge in a new fight in the well-trod arena of judicial confirmations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would move to kill the Republicans' symbolic resolution calling for a vote of the full Senate on the appeals court nomination of Leslie Southwick of Mississippi. The motion could come as early as Thursday. Democratic leaders wanted to wait to see if the nomination survived a Thursday session of the Senate Judiciary Committee, several officials said. Republicans said any vote on Southwick's...

    11/04/2006 5:21:05 PM PST · by doug from upland · 69 replies · 2,872+ views
    c-span ^ | 2000 | c-span
    NOTE: there are rumors that Justice John Paul Stevens may be very ill and will soon retire. If the Dems take the Senate, all may not be lost. They would certainly not allow a conservative nominee out of committee and, if they don't take the Senate, they would certainly filibuster a conservative. =============================================================================== QUESTION FOR C-SPAN: President Clinton has made some controversial “recess appointments.” How do these work? Don’t they go against the confirmation powers of the Senate? Loami, Illinois - 5/3/00 ANSWER: No, both are found in the Constitution in Article II, section 2. Clause 2 gives the Senate...
  • Bolton's shameless opponents

    07/26/2006 4:59:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies · 473+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | Joseph Klein
    The New York Times, other liberal media and various UN advocacy groups are launching a pre-emptive attack against UN Ambassador John Bolton’s re-nomination. After an up-or-down Senate vote was blocked last year, Bolton was given the job as UN Ambassador by President Bush anyway as a presidential recess appointment. That appointment expires at the end of this Congressional term in January 2007. Hence, Bolton’s nomination is coming up again before the Senate, with a hearing scheduled by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for this Thursday, July 27th.
  • Debbie Schlussel: BREAKING: Unqualified Julie Myers Gets Bush Recess Appt. to Head ICE

    01/05/2006 4:50:26 AM PST · by gridlock · 122 replies · 1,733+ views ^ | 1/5/06 | Debbie Schlussel
    Debbie Schlussel: BREAKING: As PREDICTED by SCHLUSSEL, Unqualified Julie Myers Gets Bush Recess Appt. to Head ICE By Debbie Schlussel DAMN! You heard it here, first. Back in November, we broke the news that Julie L. Myers--President Bush's unqualified nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)--would get a recess appointment. Unfortunately, yet another of our dark predictions has come true (like our Al-Arian-would-walk prediction). Today, the White House announced that President Bush gave Ms. Myers the ultimate undeserved Christmas present over the holidays. Bush gave Julie Myers a recess appointment as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, overseeing ICE. Happy...
  • Bush bypasses Senate in 17 Recess Appointments (Lib Rage Overflows)

    01/05/2006 10:38:41 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 30 replies · 2,433+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | January 5, 2006
    ASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday bypassed the Senate to install former Navy Secretary Gordon R. England as deputy secretary of defense. He used a similar maneuver to name Julie L. Myers as assistant secretary of homeland security for immigration and customs enforcement. Myers grew up in Johnson County. In all, Bush named 17 persons to government positions, using recess appointments to bypass senators who had blocked the nominations. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Myers’ nomination in October, with all nine committee Republicans voting in favor. The panel’s six Democrats objected, saying she lacked sufficient experience...
  • Bush Appoints Deputy Defense Secretary in Recess (Lib Rage Grows)

    01/04/2006 7:33:55 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 30 replies · 1,172+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | January 4, 2006
    President George W. Bush on Wednesday bypassed the Senate during the congressional recess and appointed Gordon England to be deputy defense secretary. Bush had nominated England when he was Navy Secretary to the No. 2 Defense Department post to succeed Paul Wolfowitz in March, but the nomination stalled in the Senate amid concern among some lawmakers. England has been acting deputy defense secretary and was performing most of those duties. Bush also did a recess appointment for Dorrance Smith as head of the Pentagon's public affairs department after the nomination ran into resistance among some Democrats on the Senate Armed...
  • New Navy secretary to be sworn in next week

    12/29/2005 10:39:53 AM PST · by Pragmatic_View · 8 replies · 467+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Dec. 29, 2005 | AP
    Navy Secretary Gordon England-- who has also been serving as the acting deputy defense secretary-- gave up his Navy post Thursday, clearing the way for a new naval leader. The move will allow Donald Winter to be sworn in as Navy secretary next week. Congressional roadblocks have prevented Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld from filling key leadership positions in his department for months. But legal maneuvering by the White House, which formally designated acting deputy England as Rumsfeld's second in command last week, allowed England to relinquish the Navy job. Two senators have blocked England's confirmation as deputy defense secretary,...
  • Discrepancy in reporting Bush recess appointments?

    08/05/2005 6:07:11 PM PDT · by tbeatty · 5 replies · 401+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 8/5/2005 | Tim Beatty
    I know this is a nit, but why do some news outlets (like Fox) say Bush has 110 recess appointments but others (AP) say he has 106? AP President Bush: 106 recess appointments, including Bolton, mostly to minor posts. Fox,2933,164443,00.html So far, President Bush has made 110 recess appointments. Among the most controversial were William Pryor (search) to be a judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and Charles Pickering (search) to be a judge on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.