Republicans Sue Obama Over Recess Appointments
U.S. Senate Republicans have retained a lawyer to pursue a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over those "appointments" to the Labor Board a
few months ago when the Senate was "in recess".
They claim the Senate was in fact in session and that Obama overstepped his authority.
Ironically, the lawyer Miguel Estrada was a judicial nominee and was filibustered by Senate Democrats in 2002 !!
(Does anybody think he has a grudge or an axe to grind ?)
Today, Senate Republicans hired Miguel Estrada, the 2002 judicial nominee for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals filibustered by Senate Democrats, to
press a lawsuit against the Obama administration. The lawsuit itself is based on President Obama’s non-recess “recess appointment” of political
allies to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees management-union relations; it was originally filed by Noel Canning, a soft-drink
business owner who sued the NLRB over its ruling that the company had to work with a labor union.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came out firing today:
“The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency, when the Senate was not in
recess, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab. We will demonstrate to the court how the
president’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive
The Senate was technically in session when President Obama made his recess appointments; he unilaterally determined that there was indeed a recess.
“The Senate should decide when the Senate is in session,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) stated.
The President does have the authority to make "recess appointments", but only during recesses.
I would think that Obama had legal counsel when he made the "decision".
Obama seems to be spending a lot of time in "court" since becoming POTUS. Hmmm.
Another boondoggle ?
I don't know.