Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Unprecedented Power Grab

While Bush was president, how many such appointments did he make?

Did the Democrats say anything about recess appointments during that time?  Yes.

What did they say?  He was abusing his power.  He was ruling by fiat.  He was acting like a dictator.

So .... why are they so quiet when Obama is the one abusing the power?

Unprecedented “Recess” Appointment Contradicts Obama Justice Department     

Posted by Brendan Buck on January 04, 2012

President Obama today made an unprecedented “recess” appointment even though the Senate is not in recess – “a sharp departure from a long-standing precedent that has limited the President to recess appointments only when the Senate is in a recess of 10 days or longer,” according to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).It turns out that the action not only contradicts long-standing practice, but also the view of the administration itself. In 2010, Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained to the Supreme Court the Obama administration’s view that recess appointments are only permissible when Congress is in recess for more than three days. Here’s the exchange with Chief Justice John Roberts:
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: And the recess appointment power doesn't work why?
MR. KATYAL: The -- the recess appointment power can work in -- in a recess. I think our office has opined the recess has to be longer than 3 days. And -- and so, it is potentially available to avert the future crisis that -- that could -- that could take place with respect to the board. If there are no other questions –
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Thank you, counsel.


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