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GOP: Could Obama make a recess appointment overnight or on weekend? (strongly worded letter to DOJ)
The Hill ^ | 1/06/12 | Pete Kasperowicz

Posted on 01/09/2012 6:05:42 AM PST by Libloather

GOP: Could Obama make a recess appointment overnight or on weekend?
By Pete Kasperowicz - 01/06/12 03:01 PM ET

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking the Obama administration whether recess appointments overnight and on the weekend are possible after the president's decision this week to appoint four federal officials despite pro forma sessions by Congress.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Grassley and seven other Republican senators on Friday pressed the Obama administration for more details about its decision to make the controversial recess appointments.

Grassley's letter said the White House broke with 90 years of precedent on Wednesday when it appointed Richard Cordray to the head the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) and three others to the National Labor Relations Board.

It also asks questions about what the change might mean in the near future, such as whether the president can make recess appointments during the weekend or in the evening after the Senate adjourns.

"The Justice Department and the White House owe it to the American people to provide a clear understanding of the process that transpired and the rationale it used to circumvent the checks and balances promised by the Constitution," Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement announcing the letter. "Overturning 90 years of historical precedent is a major shift in policy that should not be done in a legal opinion made behind closed doors, hidden from public scrutiny."

The letter outlined the history of that precedent, which started with a 1921 opinion from the attorney general that Senate adjournment for two days is not a recess, and that an adjournment of five or 10 days might also be enough. The letter notes that this opinion was reaffirmed in 1960, 1992 and 2001, and that the Department of Justice also argued before the Supreme Court in 2010 that "the recess appointment power can work in — in a recess. I think our office has opined the recess has to be longer than three days."

"Taken together, these authorities by the department clearly indicate the view that a congressional recess must be longer than three days — and perhaps at least as long as 10 — in order for a recess appointment to be constitutional," the letter states.

The letter then asks eight questions about how Justice got around this prior position. For example, it asked whether the original 1921 opinion was withdrawn to make way for the new opinion and whether other opinions were withdrawn.

It also asks whether Justice was asked to render a formal opinion, whether that opinion will be made public, and whether Justice believes this week's decision was constitutional.

Aside from Grassley, the letter is signed by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) also wrote to Holder Friday, asking many of the same questions.

Specifically, Bachus asked whether Justice provided any input to the decision and asked that written documents on the matter be made public. He also asked for the department's view on whether the Senate was in recess when Cordray was appointed, and whether this opinion was shared with the White House before the decision was made.

Bachus asked whether the CFPB position Cordray has filled was technically a "vacancy" that could be filled with a recess appointment, given that the position was newly created.

The White House has not released a technical explanation for its decision. However, White House officials explained this week that they based the appointments on a legal opinion that Congress is in recess despite Congress meeting in pro forma sessions because no work is expected until late January.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: appointment; bhofascism; constitutionalcrisis; cordray; democrats; govtabuse; holder; impeach; marxistcoup; obama; obamatruthfile; obamunism; recess; recessappointment; recessappointments; tyranny; waronliberty
Holder will get back to them in about a year.
1 posted on 01/09/2012 6:05:48 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
OOOH! Another strongly worded letter! Obama must be shaking in his boots.
2 posted on 01/09/2012 6:11:06 AM PST by suijuris
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To: Libloather

Oh my, a strongly worded letter. That’s got to be scary for hussein.


3 posted on 01/09/2012 6:12:10 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: Libloather

why is he asking a criminal if he is a crook?


4 posted on 01/09/2012 6:14:47 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Libloather

A strongly worded post it note, that’ll teach em.


5 posted on 01/09/2012 6:17:22 AM PST by muddler (Chaos is coming..)
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To: Libloather

Do the words look like bulging arms or what??? Does the paper always cut you??


6 posted on 01/09/2012 6:19:46 AM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Libloather

“Senate adjournment for two days is not a recess, and that an adjournment of five or 10 days might also be enough. “

” an adjournment of five or 10 days might also be enough. “

This doesn’t make sense to me! Should it be “not enough?”


7 posted on 01/09/2012 6:21:37 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Libloather

I say drop all recess appointments. It is ridiculous that a President can hire someone without confirmation to begin with. Bush picked 43 and Obama has picked 41 (in the same 3 year period). I don’t like the fact that either one did this. Get rid of ALL recess appointments. If you can’t get your candidate through the Senate then pick someone else.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 6:22:46 AM PST by napscoordinator (Go Rick! Go Rick! Go Newt! Let's get 'er done.)
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To: napscoordinator
I say drop all recess appointments. It is ridiculous that a President can hire someone without confirmation to begin with.

Historically, it made sense to allow the President to fill a position when the Senate was out of town, to ensure the smooth operation of the government in the event of an unexpected vacancy.

In today's day and age, there's no need for it. In the case of a true emergency vacancy, the Senate can be reconvened for confirmation hearings pretty much overnight, or quicker. Even more so if they use the technology available to allow Senators to participate remotely.

9 posted on 01/09/2012 6:29:29 AM PST by kevkrom (Note to self: proofread, then post. It's better that way.)
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To: shelterguy
Obama: “I consulted the Kenyan parliament, and they said I can do what ever I please. I won.”
10 posted on 01/09/2012 6:33:05 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Libloather

How idiotic. Why ask DOJ? That’s asking for a slap down.


11 posted on 01/09/2012 6:35:46 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: Libloather

reading that letter is like reading something on FaceBook, BIG WHUP


12 posted on 01/09/2012 6:42:41 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: SF_Redux

bet McConnell put him up to it


13 posted on 01/09/2012 6:46:13 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Libloather

obama should be having his (last)rights to him so they can duckwalk down the WhiteHut steps


14 posted on 01/09/2012 6:47:29 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Libloather
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking the Obama administration whether recess appointments overnight and on the weekend are possible after the president's decision this week to appoint four federal officials despite pro forma sessions by Congress.

Because the night time
Oh, is the right time

Might was well be.....he's trying to screw us, anyway.

15 posted on 01/09/2012 6:53:29 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

“Might was well be.....he’s trying to screw us, anyway.”

Is it just me, or is that picture starting to resemble idi amin?


16 posted on 01/09/2012 7:16:59 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freeangel
Obviously, with the song and sunglasses, I was going for Ray Charles. However, if you go the crazy-assed, destructive dictator route, I'm thinking Aristide.


17 posted on 01/09/2012 7:26:08 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

“I’m thinking Aristide.”

I’ll buy that. :)


18 posted on 01/09/2012 7:30:55 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Libloather

States and business should simply announce they will not be adhering from rulings from this agency because of lack of due process in the appointment procedure and let the supreme court sort it out.

Bammy wanted a constitutional crisis, let’s give him one.


19 posted on 01/09/2012 7:32:07 AM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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20 posted on 01/09/2012 7:38:00 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Libloather
Wow! You have to hand it to the Republicans; they're not taking Obama's actions sitting down. Instead, they're asking Obama's partner-in-crime if Obama has done anything wrong here. I wonder what Holder will say????

The politicians have turned this once great Nation to a complete joke.

21 posted on 01/09/2012 7:38:32 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: liberalh8ter; mickie; flaglady47
This letter is air-filled cotton candy designed to make it look like the GOP leadership is actually doing something powerful about O's power grabs.

Like cotton candy, it will melt down to a sticky goo after sitting in Holder's round file for the next 11 months.

"It's a tale told by an idiot(s).....full of sound and fury.....signifying nothing" (Macbeth)

Leni

22 posted on 01/09/2012 7:53:39 AM PST by MinuteGal (A Happy New Year is OBAMAGEDDON in 2012 !)
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To: Libloather

If they are not going to impeach why bother? Barry is laughing at them and so is Holder.


23 posted on 01/09/2012 7:56:44 AM 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: suijuris
Obama must be shaking in his boots.

Yup. And if the behavior continues, ANOTHER strongly worded note will be sent, along with the annotation: "And this time, we really, REALLY mean it!".

I wish, I wish, I wish my party had a spine.

24 posted on 01/09/2012 8:01:10 AM PST by wbill
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To: Libloather

Or, on MLK Day?


25 posted on 01/09/2012 8:45:03 AM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: Libloather

Let’s get real. Give Holder and the DOJ one week to respond to the letter and anser the questions. If they do not respond within the time limit then cut off funds to that organization. Also Boehner can issue a statement signed by House members declaring the appointment to be unconstitutional and that any orders from that organization be ignored.


26 posted on 01/09/2012 10:31:19 AM PST by orinoco
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To: Libloather

Actually, Grassley has just set up the DOJ for a smackdown by the Supreme Court. If the president can deem the recess, then it nulls and voids a provision of the Constitution and will therefore by necessity be overturned, even by the court leftists.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 11:16:53 AM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Libloather
Barry will write them back at the right time. He already has his letter prepared.

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28 posted on 01/09/2012 12:26:24 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: napscoordinator

However, that’s the only way Bush was able to appoint Bolton.


29 posted on 01/09/2012 1:05:32 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: conservativebuckeye

However, that’s the only way Bush was able to appoint Bolton.

So what. I would love to know what Bolton did to get rid of the UN or at least cut it. I was expecting more from him. That might just be prime reason why we need confirmation so that we get someone in there that will work and not just be a figure head.


30 posted on 01/09/2012 1:14:11 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Rick! Go Rick! Go Newt! Let's get 'er done.)
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To: napscoordinator

John Bolton was a recess appointment.


31 posted on 01/09/2012 1:48:48 PM PST by nikos1121
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32 posted on 01/09/2012 6:23:40 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Libloather

None of this should have happened republicans could have kept the house in session. We are ruled by one party, the Elite.


33 posted on 01/09/2012 7:41:55 PM PST by itsahoot (Throw them all out! Especially the Frugal Socialists who call themselves Republicans.)
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To: itsahoot

We are ruled by one party, the Elite.


Marxist dominated Oligarchy.

People have been told it’d okay to make noise but not cross the line. They have been threatened. IMO


34 posted on 01/09/2012 9:06:51 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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