Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Congress Won't Recess To Block Obama Appointments
NPR ^ | Dec 9, 2011 | DAVID WELNA

Posted on 12/10/2011 1:30:55 PM PST by bkopto

Senate Republicans blocked confirmation votes on two of President Obama's most high-profile nominees this week — one for a seat on a federal appeals court, the other to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Traditionally, the end-of-the-year holidays have allowed presidents to bypass Congress and give such thwarted nominees recess appointments. But an angry President Obama is quickly leaning that this might not be the case this year.

Obama insisted, "I will not take any options off the table when it comes to getting Richard Cordray in as director of the consumer finance protection board."

The only way the president can make a recess appointment for Cordray is if Congress is actually in recess. And ever since late May, Congress has remained in permanent session, mainly because Republican lawmakers want to prevent any more recess appointments.

Donald Ritchie, the Senate's official historian, says several presidents have used a constitutional provision that allows them to convene a session of Congress.

"But there is this other provision that says, well, if the two houses themselves can't agree on an adjournment, the president can adjourn Congress," Ritchie says. "It's just that no president has ever exercised that constitutional authority."

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch says taking such a measure "would be a very unwise political thing to do."

Hatch doubts President Obama would actually exercise his constitutional power to adjourn Congress in order to make recess appointments.

"It would make him look like he's stupid, because as much as he hates Congress, or ... [as a] more fair statement, might hate Congress, he still needs it," Hatch says.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congress; cordray; obama; recess; recessappointment

1 posted on 12/10/2011 1:31:00 PM PST by bkopto
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: bkopto

The fun thing about this is:

The Democrats used this against Bush and it is coming back to haunt them.

About time the Republicans started playing hardball.


2 posted on 12/10/2011 1:38:37 PM PST by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

O would do it and the GOP would not do anything about it except complain.


3 posted on 12/10/2011 1:38:44 PM PST by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

Repubs = 1, Commies = 0.

Good move Repubs — NOW DON’T STOP!!!


4 posted on 12/10/2011 1:40:16 PM PST by EagleUSA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto
From wikipedia:

The Long Parliament was made on 3 November 1640, following the Bishops' Wars. It received its name from the fact that through an Act of Parliament, it could only be dissolved with the agreement of the members, and those members did not agree to its dissolution until after the English Civil War and at the end of Interregnum in 1660. It sat from 1640 until 1648, when it was purged, by the New Model Army, of those who were not sympathetic to the Army's concerns.

5 posted on 12/10/2011 1:41:49 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war. It's coming.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EagleUSA

Damn right. Don’t stop now!


6 posted on 12/10/2011 1:48:33 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

You betcha!! That’s all you get!!

7 posted on 12/10/2011 1:58:45 PM PST by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

This is GREAT!

This has the additional benefit of allowing them to stick by their Keystone Pipeline proposal, while Obama keeps them in town to pass the Payroll Taxcut Extension.

Thus, Obama has NO HAMMER regarding the taxcut extension, and his tactic leaves him powerless to inject recess appointments.

Write your congress-critters and tell them to “Support the Keystone Pipeline”!
>http://www.contactingthecongress.org/<


8 posted on 12/10/2011 2:17:28 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

This is a great idea, which is why we can be certain that the Stupid Party won’t actually follow through on it.


9 posted on 12/10/2011 2:39:20 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto
"But there is this other provision that says, well, if the two houses themselves can't agree on an adjournment, the president can adjourn Congress," Ritchie says.

Does Obama dare to think he is Cromwell dismissing the "Long Parliament"?

10 posted on 12/10/2011 3:25:39 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Either Obama can beat any GOP candidate or no GOP candidate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto
"But there is this other provision that says, well, if the two houses themselves can't agree on an adjournment, the president can adjourn Congress," Ritchie says.

Does Obama dare to think he is Cromwell dismissing the "Long Parliament"?

11 posted on 12/10/2011 3:27:03 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Either Obama can beat any GOP candidate or no GOP candidate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Give us Holder’s head for Christmas, or as our Happy New Year, as well as blocking Zero’s anti-American, anti-Constitutional appointees, and it really will be a good year. Thanks bkopto.


12 posted on 12/10/2011 3:35:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: bkopto

Keep slamming this unrepentant, American-despising Marxist until he is in on Marine One, flying away from the Capitol on 01-20-2013. Just imagine that day, as cameras catch Hussein’s lowered head and a bitter, furious Moochelle furrowing her brow at him in disgust, as they head back to Chicago in disgrace. DON’T LET UP UNTIL THAT VERY MOMENT! Full throttle!


13 posted on 12/10/2011 3:39:53 PM PST by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

I dare Obama to force a recess of Congress to install his cronies. That’ll go over really well with the electorate in 2012. /s


14 posted on 12/10/2011 3:45:09 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: newzjunkey
I dare Obama to force a recess of Congress to install his cronies. That’ll go over really well with the electorate in 2012.

That is much too cerebral for anyone who would still vote for Obama.

15 posted on 12/10/2011 4:03:51 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Venturer

The ultimate irony would be if he adjourned Congress from Hawaii. But then, Chicago Thugs are liable to do anything for power.


16 posted on 12/10/2011 4:06:10 PM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum
Why wouldn't the follow through other than you have a pathological need to call them the stupid party again?

The new Tea Party members have enough signed up to keep the House, and therefore the Congress, in session for a very long time specifically to block recess appointments. They demonstrated this earlier in the year.

17 posted on 12/10/2011 4:13:17 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Venturer
The Democrats used this against Bush and it is coming back to haunt them.

Somehow I don't remember the NPR article on this when the Dems did it. /s

18 posted on 12/10/2011 4:24:18 PM PST by Freee-dame
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: newzjunkey
Between Christmas shopping, parties, and football games on TV, most of the public probably wouldn't notice what had happened. The media would gush over Obama's brilliant stratagem.

The President has the power in such a case to adjourn Congress "to such Time as he shall think proper," so he could adjuourn them until November 7, 2012, and rule by executive order.

19 posted on 12/10/2011 4:30:46 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

20 posted on 12/10/2011 4:46:53 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: newzjunkey
Why wouldn't the follow through other than you have a pathological need to call them the stupid party again? p> Seeing as the GOP has a pathological need to be the Stupid Party as well-documented by their past actions, my skepticism is warranted.

I am more than willing for them to prove my skepticism unfounded.

21 posted on 12/10/2011 5:27:01 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson