Court Rejects Obama Recess Appointments
Posted at 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 25
The federal DC Circuit Court of Appeals found that President Obama did not have the authority to make recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in early 2012, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Mr. Obama claims he acted properly…because the Senate was away for the holidays on a 20-day recess. But the three-judge panel ruled that the Senate technically stayed in session when it was gaveled in and out every few days for so-called pro forma sessions.”
“The Obama administration is expected to appeal…but if it stands, it means hundreds of decisions issued by the board over more than a year are invalid. It also would leave the five-member labor board with just one validly appointed member, effectively shutting it down.”