Skip to comments.Thank Speaker Boehner for Blocking Obama Recess Appointments
Posted on 05/31/2011 8:07:50 AM PDT by opentalk
With the Obama legislative agenda stalled, the left has turned its attention toward using the Executive power to accomplish their socialist goals. The key to this strategy is to the pack agencies, boards, and commissions such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with leftists like Craig Becker and Elizabeth Warren who will advance the collectivist agenda, regardless of whether there is any legal authority to do so.
The Senate has blocked several of the more radical nominees, but under the Constitution, President Obama has the power to appoint them during a Congressional recess.
Republican Senators warned Obama not to use his recess powers to appoint Becker to the NLRB. He did it anyhow. Becker didnt disappoint, leading the NLRB to accuse Boeing of violating workers rights by opening a plant in South Carlolina.
Observers expect him to appoint leftists to the Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Board, they expect him to appoint liberal Peter Diamond to the Federal Reserve Board, along with Warren, Becker, and a host of other leftwing radicals. He can even recess appoint Federal judges to rubber stamp his agenda until the end of the Congress.
Obama needs two things in order to do this (1) a pen (or, I suppose, an autopen), and a (2) a Senate recess. The Constitution is unclear how long a recess is required. Most constitutional scholars say ten days is the minimum. However, there is almost universal agreement among scholars that a recess of less than three days does not trigger the recess appointment power. In 2007, Reid held pro-forma Senate sessions every three days, which successfully prevented Bush from making recess appointments.
Which brings us to another provision in the Constitution. Article 1, Section 5 says Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days[.]. This means that without the consent of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the Senate cannot adjourn for more than three days, and thus President Obama cannot make any recess appointments.
On Wednesday, 20 Senators led by David Vitter and Jim DeMint wrote a letter to Speaker Boehner asking him to use his authority under Article 1, Section 5 to block the recess appointments.
On Friday, the Examiner reported that Speaker Boehner did not pass a resolution giving the Senate permission to adjourn. Therefore, as he did in 2007, Harry Reid will convene pro-forma sessions today, on Tuesday May 31, and on Friday June 3rd, in order to block his own President from doing recess appointments.
Reid was forced to do this because of the leadership of Speaker Boehner. We must thank our Speaker.
Call Speaker Boehner at 202-225-0600 and thank him for his leadership.
Tell him to continue to refuse to allow the Senate to adjourn for the remainder of the Obama Presidency.
After that AIPAC appearance, when Boehner did his Foster Brooks impression as a warmup to Netanyahu’s address...I’m in no mood to thank John Boehner for anything.
Gotta give Boehner credit for this. This is good tactics.
So you’re saying Boehner occasionally has use of his reproductive ovoids and spine????
It is way past time to quit the collegiality with Obama and the Reid.
Senators led by David Vitter and Jim DeMint wrote a letter to Speaker Boehner asking him to use his authority under Article 1, Section 5 to block the recess appointments
If we’re going to point it out when he caves we should also give him props when he does the right thing. Props Mr. Speaker.
Warren is bad news, the new position has too much unaccountable power.
Looks like Harry Reid was forced to be John Boehner stooge.
Boehner is generally a limp-wristed, spineless RINO. How many house investigations of the Regime have been concluded? How many have been STARTED???? And how many times has Boehner ignored the will of the people and raised the debt limit due to threats from the NY Times and Marxist, Obama henchmen! I’ll thank Boehner when he has the guts to begin the downfall of this criminal administration.
You’re right and I agree.......:) The Speaker may be suprised at the letters and calls he gets (which I hope will be many) and that it will give him the intestinal fortitude to do what needs to be done and not cave.
He doesn't need the letter. The letter publicizes the reason for refusing the recess.
It's good to have those things in the open.
I’d like to know why it had to take a letter from Vitter and Demint to cajole Boehner to do his job.
bump for later
Thought the same thing. Where is the leadership, why the prompting to get this accomplished.
I guess I don’t understand. It appears the Senate can recess without the House approving, but only for 3 days. Wouldn’t that give Obama 72 hrs. to pack every vacancy in every Federal agency? Reid kept Bush from making recess appointments by keeping the Senate in phony rump sessions, but he could do it because he held the majority.
Perhaps they should write him a letter concerning the war powers act?
Constitution. Article 1, Section 5 says
Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days[.].Because we now control the house, this is possible.
This means that without the consent of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the Senate cannot adjourn for more than three days, and thus President Obama cannot make any recess appointments.
...However, there is almost universal agreement among scholars that a recess of less than three days does not trigger the recess appointment power.
Boehner didn’t need the letter; it just helps to build support for the action to know the Senate was behind him.