Skip to comments.House passes bill eliminating Senate confirmation for presidential appointees
Posted on 08/04/2012 9:15:46 AM PDT by GregNH
Update:The House passed the legislation Tuesday night by a vote of 261-116. The bill now goes to President Obamas desk for his signature.
The House of Representatives is set to consider legislation Tuesday that would exempt certain presidential appointees from having to be confirmed by the Senate.
But a number of conservative groups are arguing that the Presidential Efficiency and Streamlining Act amounts to Congress neutering itself and giving the executive branch unprecedented power.
Presidential appointees that would no longer require Senate confirmation under the legislation include the treasurer of the United States and the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The United States Constitution does not bestow kingly powers on the President to appoint the senior officers of the government with no process, wrote Thomas McClusky, the senior vice president for the Family Research Councils legislative arm, in a Monday memo to lawmakers.
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What myopic idiocy.
Is it me or does this not ring alarm bells?
Really bad idea from the really insane party.
Unconstituional without going through the Amendment process. Am I wrong?
When does this take effect? Are they counting on a Romney win, but not control of the Senate?
The ‘change’ the Marxist planned for America! Idiot voters thinking a godless man would do ANYTHING good for America.
Everyone who thinks there’s any significant difference between the two major parties any more, please stand on your heads.
Good question but a bad strategy. If you lose the Senate and then the next election you can’t repeal it!
Funny, I don’t see any citation of the Bill. It’s a whole lot easier to decide what a bill actually said if the bill is cited.
Anyone need more proof positive that the CPUSA, Democrats, GOP are all one in the same?
The only person who would be in favor of this would be a Marxist Communist.
As it stands right now, with our dark lord dictator, we do not need congress for anything. He is using EOs to run the country an the congress just continues with their kabuki theater to make us think we still have a representative republic. No we don’t.
Every member of the GOP who voted for this needs to be identified and crushed by a tea party candidate in the next election.
Without exception a member of the GOP who voted for this has exposed themselves to have become a secret member of the CPUSA and they have violated their oath to defend the constitution so we should not even have to wait until November to chase them out of office.
Turn power over the king Obama. The GOP is bought by the elite.
How did this get by BONER....? or did it?
It was a recorded vote, someone will look it up and post the results....
I think it is “Advise and Consent” process.
If this is in fact true, why would the Congress voluntarily relinquish some of its power to the Executive Branch? This makes no sense... WTF!
You are partially wrong. You believe that we have a functional, operating Constitution when in truth we are nothing more than a banana republic.
"The President . . . shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law. . ."
(Article II, Section 2, Clause 2)
It seems to me that this action would take a Constitutional Amendment instead of a "bill". But what do I know?
I agree with you.
Tom Delay left, but the House GOP corruption remained. Boner needs to be castrated.
This is nuts.
This is an end run around the likely new conservatives joining the senate. It will reduce their influence to stop
A sham in the same way the debt ceiling was.
Levin was LIVID about this when news broke last week.
Says Romney told the GOP leaders in house and senate to do it.
Sickening. Where are the checks and balances?
I heard boner was in for this also. Now more than ever we need to rid ourselves of these feckless deballed cowards who would rather agree and be the good guy than work for the American people and the constitution.
The law now allows Obama and future presidents to name appointees to senior positions in every branch of the administration, from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/10/obama-signs-bill-exempting-presidential-appointees-from-senate-confirmation/