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Obama's 'abuse of power' threatens to shut down Senate
http://www.humanevents.com ^ | 01/06/2012 | by Audrey Hudson

Posted on 01/06/2012 11:40:30 AM PST by Lucky9teen

Key Republican Senators are bracing for legislative battles and Constitutional challenges to President Barack Obama’s unprecedented end-run around Congress to install several controversial political appointees.

Obama announced the decision Wednesday to make the so-called recess appointments -- even though the Senate is not in recess -- putting Richard Cordray in charge of a contentious new consumer protection agency and also naming three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board​ (NLRB) – Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence F. Flynn.

“Business as we know it in the Senate is over for this administration in terms of accomplishing anything legislatively or finding any cooperation from this side of the aisle,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R. –Wyo.). “He has poisoned the well.”

“Apparently, advise and consent called for in the Constitution doesn’t apply to this Chicago-style politician. He’s more interested in rewarding his friends than living under the law Americans need to abide by,” Barrasso said.

The Constitution allows the president to make recess appointments, but the controversy in this case is whether or not the Senate is in recess.

“I believe it’s an abuse of power. Now he is saying he’s above the law -- the law doesn’t apply to him,” Barrasso said.

Republicans have kept the Congress in a pro forma session, gaveling in for a few minutes of official business every three days. It’s a tactic that was used by Democrats during the Bush administration to block recess appointments. Additionally, Obama’s own Justice Department argued before the Supreme Court in 2010 that Congress is not in recess unless it’s absent for more than three days.

Republicans say they are frustrated because Obama did not nominate the NLRB picks until last month -- just two days before the Christmas holiday -- allowing no time for the Senate to hold hearings.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have stalled the confirmation of the lone Republican nominee for the labor board, Brian Hayes, since July 2009.

Another contentious factor in Obama’s maneuver, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the Dodd-Frank Act, requires that the new director be confirmed by the Senate, so Cordray’s appointment puts the agency’s legal authority in limbo.

“I don’t think he has the full authority to run this agency,” said J.W. Verrett, an assistant professor of law at George Mason University and a senior scholar at the Mercatus Center.

“The president’s decision is a purely political one, and not about consumer protection,” Verrett said. “In fact, he’s sacrificed consumer protection. He’s more interested in being tough on Congress than being tough on predatory lenders.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R. –Utah), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said these actions were not ordinary recess appointments but “egregious and inexcusable” acts of a president who thinks he’s above the law.

“As a matter of raw political force, can he do it? He just did,” Lee said.

“I think the president wanted to pick a really big fight, and he has surely chosen one,” Lee said. “This is a direct affront to the American people and the constitutional system of government that we have.”

Republicans are hesitant to give away their game plan on how they will respond to Obama’s move, but Lee suggested that Congress could withhold the salaries for the new federal appointees.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. Ky.) said Obama “upped the ante” and set “a terrible precedent that could allow any future president to completely cut the Senate out of the confirmation process, appointing his nominees immediately after sending their names up to Congress.”

“This was surely not what the framers had in mind when they required the president to seek the advice and consent of the Senate in making appointments,” McConnell said.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R. –Utah) said Obama made the appointments to placate his “big labor allies,” but that it might not be enough to save him come Election Day.

“The president put his own political future and the radical views of his far-left base ahead of constitutional government. The president will have to answer to the American people for this power grab," Hatch said.

Vincent Vernuccio, a labor policy lawyer with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the NLRB appointees are a gift to Obama’s labor backers, and that Griffin comes to the board directly from a labor union.

“The vacancies on the Board have occurred because Obama has insisted on nominating pro-union ideologues too controversial to pass Senate confirmation,” Vernuccio said.

Richard Trumka​, president of the AFL-CIO, congratulated Obama on overcoming what he called “Republican obstructionists.”

“Working families and consumers should not pay the price for political ploys that have repeatedly undercut the enforcement of rules against Wall Street abuses and the rights of working people,” Trumka said.


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Just NOW you think he's saying he's above the law? Only now? Where have you been the last 3 years, Barrasso?????

IMO, the best way to challenge this Traitor is to just send him packing. There really is NO excuse for the crap he's pulling and they should either FORCE him to resign or impeach and remove him IMMEDIATELY.

1 posted on 01/06/2012 11:40:33 AM PST by Lucky9teen
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To: Lucky9teen

IF Boehner had any testicular fortitude, he’d simply not schedule a joint session with the Senate for Barry’s State of the Union.


2 posted on 01/06/2012 11:42:42 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (No Mit Sherlock. No Mit, not now, not ever. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Lucky9teen
“Business as we know it in the Senate is over for this administration in terms of accomplishing anything legislatively or finding any cooperation from this side of the aisle,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R. –Wyo.).

Pure, unadulterated, 100% Bravo Sierra!

The stupid party will cave. The stupid party will give 0 what he wants. They always have, they always will.

Brasso should not pretend he has a set when he has been grabbing his ankles for the last three years.

3 posted on 01/06/2012 11:45:01 AM PST by Drill Thrawl (The patient is too far gone to save.)
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To: Lucky9teen

The Senate and Congress are NOW Eunuchs.

They are impotent and collecting salaries to the time of some $174,000+ all the bene’s and perks of their office, using money they have looted from the American Taxpayer!

For what benefit to the good citizens who toil everyday and allow this government serious powers to confiscate 1/2 our labor?

They could at least do is a favor and go home so they do less damages to this country, while his highness acts out his imperious agenda.


4 posted on 01/06/2012 11:48:54 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Lucky9teen

Here is yet ANOTHER example of Republican talking tough but, I would be willing to bet, doing NOTHING!


5 posted on 01/06/2012 11:51:21 AM PST by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: Lucky9teen

I’ll be from Missouri on this one.


6 posted on 01/06/2012 11:52:29 AM PST by albionin
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To: Drill Thrawl
With Republicans it's always “blah-blah, whine-whine, grumble-grumble, squawk-sqwuak, and then Obama gets to run rough shod over them and any and all laws in his way.

We the people are not in any position to do anything about him other then vote him out. They are the only ones in position to stand for the rule of law and rein him in and they just don't seem to have enough balls to do the job. And the Obama regime is counting on that.

7 posted on 01/06/2012 11:56:02 AM PST by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: Lucky9teen

McConnell needs to tack slightly, avoid a direct spitting match with barry and go after Reid. Broaden this debate and highlight the fact that dims don’t think rules/laws are for them. He can do that by insisting that the senate dims present a budget. No budget, no senate business. That is what the dims would do if the GOP was in power. Let harry and barry explain for a week or two why they are not required to follow the law once it is proven the senate was not in recess.


8 posted on 01/06/2012 11:56:13 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Lucky9teen

Key Republican Senators are bracing for legislative battles and Constitutional challenges

They sure as hell better...this crap cannot be allowed to stand.

I suggest that a sizeable number of us plan on doing a victory lap around the WH on Nov 7 after this clown is DEFEATED!


9 posted on 01/06/2012 11:57:44 AM PST by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: Lucky9teen
“Business as we know it in the Senate is over for this administration in terms of accomplishing anything legislatively or finding any cooperation from this side of the aisle,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R. –Wyo.).

Yeah, but what does the ass-kissing, on his knees (and not kissing Dear Leader's ring, but we'll skip the hoary details) super-wuss, RINO-Extraordinaire, Mitch McConnell say?

Bet he's hiding under his desk and when he finally does comment, look for so much backpedalling that he could navigate the most intense rapids....backwards.

10 posted on 01/06/2012 11:58:11 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Lucky9teen
...threatens to shut down Senate

Republicans fault. /s

11 posted on 01/06/2012 11:59:16 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: Lucky9teen
" the rights of working people,” Trumka said.

How about the "rights of working people" not to be FORCED to join slimy, corrupt, democrat-money-laundering ASS$*LE Unions?

This kind of garbage needs to be incarcerated for LIFE, along with all his cronies, and every Member of THIS CORRUPT/Communist Administration. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

12 posted on 01/06/2012 11:59:36 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: Lucky9teen

I share your frustration, however, since the constitution requires the vote of two thirds of the Senate (67 members)to convict on impeachment, that is not in the cards. Democrats control the Senate and there is virtually nothing Obama could do that would cause them to remove him.


13 posted on 01/06/2012 11:59:39 AM PST by etcb
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To: Lucky9teen

Ditto


14 posted on 01/06/2012 12:02:27 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Lucky9teen
Image and video hosting by TinyPic IMPEACH THE USURPER, NOW!!!
15 posted on 01/06/2012 12:05:27 PM PST by MtnMan101 (THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIALISUM IS THAT YOU EVENTUALLY RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY)
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To: Lucky9teen

These Rpubs remind me of seagulls all they can do is squawk and $hit


16 posted on 01/06/2012 12:07:25 PM PST by tayper (Granny told me, Saying it don't make it so)
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To: Lucky9teen
Any legal challenges will go on well beyond the end of Obama’s first term. The GOP lacks the stomach for the kind of raw political fight that is needed to stop Obama. Obama is working steadily to neutralize and make Congressional action unnecessary.
17 posted on 01/06/2012 12:09:52 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Lucky9teen
“Business as we know it in the Senate is over for this administration in terms of accomplishing anything legislatively or finding any cooperation from this side of the aisle,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R. –Wyo.). “He has poisoned the well.”

Maybe that's exactly what Obama wants.

"You no play ball with me. Ok. I'll just rule by Executive Order. And, Oh...by the way...the Senate is dissolved. I'll take it from here."

18 posted on 01/06/2012 12:18:13 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The price of freedom is willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, anytime..." - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Drill Thrawl

They can’t cave. They won’t be in office if they do. Who will go out to vote for them? They know this as well as you and I. Obumbler made a serious strategic error in putting their backs to the wall on this.


19 posted on 01/06/2012 12:18:39 PM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Vendome

0bama is acting like an alcoholic, the ultimate narcissist.

Figure out someone else’s boundaries, step over them, and

if challenged, claim the other side is being unnecessarily combative.

If not challenged, he’s gained ground and looks for the next boundary to squash.


20 posted on 01/06/2012 12:21:44 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: tayper

21 posted on 01/06/2012 12:24:12 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Republicans are hesitant to give away their game plan on how they will respond to Obama’s move

Plan? They have no plan.

22 posted on 01/06/2012 12:24:28 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: wiggen
They can’t cave. They won’t be in office if they do. Who will go out to vote for them? They know this as well as you and I.

In a logical and just world this would be true, but Romney is leading in the primaries. Need I say more?

23 posted on 01/06/2012 12:33:25 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (The patient is too far gone to save.)
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24 posted on 01/06/2012 12:38:53 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

I can’t compare the 2. The idea we couldn’t get a better field this go around is mind boggling. The only person i want to vote for is anyone who doesn’t want the job.


25 posted on 01/06/2012 12:40:27 PM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Lucky9teen

“Just NOW you think he’s saying he’s above the law? Only now? Where have you been the last 3 years, Barrasso?????”

Ooooohh! An “almost” threat to dictator hussein. Does anyone seriously think this will prevent the king from more edicts? No one will stop him.


26 posted on 01/06/2012 12:43:06 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Keith in Iowa
IF Boehner had any testicular fortitude, he’d simply not schedule a joint session with the Senate for Barry’s State of the Union.

We don't need to hear his nasty lies at the SOTU. We already know our beloved union is in the state of communism.

27 posted on 01/06/2012 12:51:20 PM PST by jersey117 (.)
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To: etcb
Do an impeachment on Obama in the House, then vote for a resolution that deems the Senate to have voted for Conviction, then send him a notice to get out of the White House.

Call up the militia immediately.

At the same time do an impeachment of Biden, also voting for a resolution that deems the Senate to have voted for Conviction.

Send Boehner over as President ~ having already taken the oath from Justice Roberts.

Boehner directs the militia to round up and arrest the Joint Chiefs of Staff pending disposition.

First directives: Color photo ID for voting in every election, Planned Parenthood must leave the country, Illegal Aliens out within 30 days; ObamaKKKare rescinded; Democrat leadership down to the level of local wardhealers must report for processing to nearest Post Office; and a number of others.

28 posted on 01/06/2012 12:53:56 PM PST by muawiyah
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29 posted on 01/06/2012 1:10:21 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Vendome

I see no reason NOT to have a tax revolt in this country.


30 posted on 01/06/2012 1:52:03 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: etcb

Well yeah, but the House of Representatives could hold impeachment hearings. That could certainly bring to light every dirty deed or even suspicion connected to zero for his entire life. What effect do you think that would have on his ability to get reelected?


31 posted on 01/06/2012 1:56:56 PM PST by Rider on the Rain
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To: etcb
Democrats control the Senate and there is virtually nothing Obama could do that would cause them to remove him.

You're right, of course. And remember how well the last impeachment worked out for us, too. There's only one way to get Obama out of there and stirring up sympathy for him among his base isn't it. Sad to say.

32 posted on 01/06/2012 2:57:46 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy
And remember how well the last impeachment worked out for us, too.

The last impeachment worked perfectly well. The president was impeached.
33 posted on 01/06/2012 3:10:03 PM PST by aruanan
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To: muawiyah

Bravo! Honduras can do it why not us?
Oh they have no guts, that is why!


34 posted on 01/06/2012 3:22:05 PM PST by chrisnj
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To: Lucky9teen
Obama is trying to channel Harry S Truman. Truman ran aganist the Republicans in Congress and in a surprise to everyone, won the 1948 election:

Hey Barry, you're no Harry!

35 posted on 01/06/2012 4:00:12 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: muawiyah
"First directives: Color photo ID for voting in every election, Planned Parenthood must leave the country, Illegal Aliens out within 30 days; ObamaKKKare rescinded; Democrat leadership down to the level of local wardhealers must report for processing to nearest Post Office; and a number of others. "

Oh! And by the way, Hawaii i will you please cough up those records - NOW!

36 posted on 01/06/2012 4:14:44 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Lucky9teen

Our pResident is beginning to sound a lot like Ceasar.


37 posted on 01/06/2012 4:18:03 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Lucky9teen

“Republicans are hesitant to give away their game plan on how they will respond to Obama’s move, but Lee suggested that Congress could withhold the salaries for the new federal appointees. “

At the very least they should refuse to fund the position. What they really should do is defund the whole NLRB. Then impeach and remove Barry from office.


38 posted on 01/06/2012 8:53:55 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Lucky9teen

Hey, Congress. Add this fact to your “my good friend” discussions:

OBAMA”CARE” IS A MONOPOLY, AND THEREFORE VIOLATES THE ANTI-TRUST LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


39 posted on 01/06/2012 10:24:44 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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