Skip to comments.Obama signs bill exempting presidential appointees from Senate confirmation
Posted on 08/11/2012 6:27:58 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday evening that would exempt some senior-level presidential appointees from Senate confirmation.
Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and cosponsored by Republicans and Democrats, the bill, now law, weakens the power of the legislature and strengthens the executive branch, critics have warned. The bill skated through the Senate three months after being introduced in 2011 and was passed by the Republican-controlled House 216-116 in July.
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.
Conservative critics worried that the bill restricts congressional authority to monitor executive branch decisions, but the measure received bipartisan support because of the gridlocked, slow-moving Senate, which is known for being the more deliberative of the two bodies of Congress.
Whereas the House is a more populist body, the Senate grants more power to its fewer members. It only takes one senator to filibuster an appointee, forcing the majority party to find a super majority of 60 votes to end the filibuster and move ahead with an up-or-down vote.
The law now sidesteps that process, with Congress willingly giving up oversight of these appointees.
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, senior vice president for the Family Research Councils legislative arm, in a memo to lawmakers last week.
The positions exempted from Senate confirmation include high-level posts like the treasurer of the United States and chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and mid-level posts like the assistant secretary for management at the Department of Education.
The bill also seeks to streamline the paperwork involved in a presidential nomination.
How did a republican controlled majority let this happen? (Maybe they believe Romney will win and use this to advance the cause?)
Hopefully the democrats will rue the day they pushed
this through. I hope it comes back and bites them
on the ASS.
They don’t call them the stupid party for nothing.
Maybe he can get Napoleon's jacket and just declare himself Emperor.
Its the No labels thing. They’re basically a non partisan marxist party. Check out their 11 point plan for making the presidency work. They basically want to make the presidency a dictatorship.
Sadly it sounds like their presidential candidate (John Huntsman) will be speaking at the GOP convention.
That’s not what the Constitution says.
Its the no labels thing.
Now don’t you feel better knowing that John Huntsman will be speaking at the convention in Tampa?
Guess what party allowed this to happen?????
Hint: They go along to get along.
I just cannot see giving Obamugabe more power...stupidity.
this ain’t Semmens?
I was just going to state what you did “How did a republican controlled majority let this happen?”
Maybe this is payback...in a way.
Obama’s girlfriend had a step-grandfather that ran afoul of the process.
He was friends with Alger Hiss and Dean Acheson.
That is undoubtedly the reason.
Don’t worry, the GOPe majority will hold his feet to the fire.
I guess I fail to see the problem. “Advise and Consent” has been a joke in favor of liberals for most of my life.
Sounds like the building of a dictatorship.
Voted for by 95 Rs and 166 Ds...
There have been a few laws passed by Democrat majorities in the House. A few too many.
The 0 isn't worried a bit. If it appears he might lose in November, he will dream up some phony baloney scheme to invoke martial law and declare himself dictator.
I understand he has already told the military to prepare for killing US citizens.
Some of the bigger names: Cantor, King, Issa, Ryan.
What is this about??
This will come back to haunt them as the GOP appoints people that the left despises and they won’t have a say about it- not that this makes the dear leaders UNCONSTITUTIONAL bill any better- but apparently the dear leader can simply ignore the constitution and NOONE will call him to the carpet for it anymore- certainly the media won’t- nor will the GOP
I hope Hugo Chavez isn’t looking for a new job.
Why the hell did Eric Cantor sign this??
Well, it’s not a bad bill: the appointees it exempts aren’t very important. If the Senate wants to give up it’s power to approve these low level people so be it.
What bothers me is that obviously the House didn’t say “OK Senators. And what are you going to give us for this?” Instead just letting it be voted through.
Anything Harry wants Boehner should make him pay for.
The Congress has a long history of surrendering Constitutional power so long as they are allowed to remain in power and continue to stuff money in their pockets. They don’t believe that the voters will ever do anything about it.
A better solution would have been to divide the minor appointed officials into cohorts, with an entire list of a set of these minor functionaries submitted to the Senate for approval. Most would get a pass and be on their way to greater glory as Administration lackies. But, any Senator could object and hold up the entire list until the offending lackey was either removed or presented to the entire Senate for confirmation. Republicans are so stupid.
bamey and his boys also got it outlawed to have any demonstrations near him or the other upper etchelon elites....and it passed as well....
drones....tsa at bus station....tracking of our internet....demanding that all new cars have trackers on the....
Not good at all.
LOL. Yup. Keep voting in them Republicans folks, they’ll fix things. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Anytime the dems pass something, I worry. And when the pubs help them out, I worry more.
This kind of thing can get out of hand. First it starts with the lower level people. Before you know it, the Congress is totally bypassed.
Dick Obama is already changing laws without their help. And no one is doing a thing about it.
they might not fix things to your liking, but you KNOW that the Democrats will destroy the country if reelected....take your choice HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Looks like the legislature feels like they do too much work. This should give them more free time to go drink with each other and have some laughs — all at taxpayer expense, of course.
Sounds like this bill was passed to prevent the filibuster of nominees.
I wonder if the filibuster’s days are numbered.
Thanks Jet Jaguar
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No thanks. I'll be voting my conscience. I'm not playing their little fear games any more.
Vote for whomever you want, terycarl, but don't do it under the misapprenension that it will change anything about the direction this country is heading.
There is no difference in party affiliation when one side is socialist
and the other side allows it. Dems do not play fair and love to slap around the RINOs when
the RINOs finally get their turn. The DEMs will howl unfair, but only
after they get kicked out of office and the scepter of power is in the other hands.
A prime example was the Senate 51% rule for the minority Senate members. After the Dems
controlled 60% of the Senate they wanted the rule changed again back to 61%, a rule they were against
when they were the minority.
And while Repubs just whimper away to their corners this contrived trick by
both sides is orchestrated to allow the Dems to pass freedom crushing powers
while the Repubs can claim they're victims. And BTW, Rush was the one who pointed this out many years ago.
I think it's time for Rush to make this point public once again.
I've been very negative of late, and this is a good example as to why. The "balance of powers" doesn't exist anymore since Congress has allowed Bambi to over-ride Congressional authority with his Executive Orders of late, and now this.
I'm starting to believe the conspiracy types that we are headed to a fight. Am I missing something here?
This makes it more imperative than ever that we get rid of President Chavez. I mean President Mugabe. I’m sorry. I mean President Obama. (I’m always mixing those three up. Pardon me.)
So what happens if Romney takes the WH? Will he and Ryan turn this around? I doubt it. "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely".
Recently had a discussion about a couple of small CA city councils and how corrupt they have become. Personally, I think it starts from the lowliest city zoning commission and grows from there.
Other than a few politicians I can name on one hand, I don't believe any who gain power can control their desires to want more power - for whatever the ideological or other reason.
I personally now believe that anyone who wants to be a politician does so because of control power - not for the good of their constiguents.
We're done. I'm cashing out.
“How did a republican controlled majority let this happen? “
Why do you think they care?
Congress has been surrendering its icky powers for 100 years. After all, if they exercise those powers, women might think they were mean, and we can’t have that.
Congress has atrophied to the point that they can’t even pass a budget.
The last step is not far away.
They [the Republicans] not only let it happen they supported , co-sponsored, and voted for it. Is there any doubt that both the Republican Party and Democrat Party are owned by the same owner[s]?
The Congress has a long history of surrendering Constitutional power so long as they are allowed to remain in power and continue to stuff money in their pockets.Yup.
The Elite Repubican Party operate under the delusion that the Democrat Party is their friend. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Democrat Party hates the Republicans and at first opportunity will do to them what Communists always do to their political enemies. The Democrats lump Conservatives and Republicans in the same pile.
The Republicans, on the other hand, consider the Democrats to be their friend, as they have the same goal[s]. The Republicans consider the Conservatives to be their mortal enemy. To be destroyed at the first opportunity. This was manifested so clear in the 2010 mid terms than even a blind person could see it a mile away on a pitch black night. But denial runs deep, and as in the case of the abused spouse, they[ Conservatives] believe what the abuser tells them, tuck their tails between their legs, and vote for the Republican Elite pick every two to for years. Why do they do it? I don't know, other than the good feeling they get each time they are screwed. The four letter word would be a better description.
What’s next treaties?