SAVE THE DATE: Feb. 15, 2012 House committee to probe recess appointments – The Hill’s On The Money
Heads Up: Our own US Rep. Ted Poe sits on this committee!
Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced Monday that on Feb. 15, his committee will explore the constitutionality of the president’s move, accusing him of wrenching the Constitution out of shape and setting a “dangerous precedent” for future administrations. ~snip~
Obama used his recess appointment powers to put in place Richard Cordray as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as three members of the National Labor Relations Board. Cordray’s pick had already been block by a filibuster once in the Senate, and the NLRB nominees were expected to face fierce GOP opposition as well. ~snip~
The president’s move is already being challenged in court, as the National Right to Work Foundation has filed a motion challenging the legality of the move. Other business groups have suggested more court challenges questioning the legitimacy of the move could be forthcoming. ~snip~
The White House defended the moves, calling them a necessary step to allow those agencies to be fully up and running. Under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that created the CFPB, the agency cannot fully realize its powers without a director, and NLRB membership had fallen below the quorum needed for it to function.