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Obama signs bill exempting presidential appointees from Senate confirmation
Daily Caller ^ | 8-11-12 | Paul Connor

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 Council’s 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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: appointees; assininity; bho44; bipartisancrap; confirmation; czars; dictatorship; elitists; frc; house; huntsman; johnhuntsman; king; noaa; nolabels; oboma; obummer; senate; senateconfirmation; treasurer; treasury
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1 posted on 08/11/2012 6:28:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Outrageous!


2 posted on 08/11/2012 6:29:05 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

How did a republican controlled majority let this happen? (Maybe they believe Romney will win and use this to advance the cause?)


3 posted on 08/11/2012 6:32:34 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hopefully the democrats will rue the day they pushed
this through. I hope it comes back and bites them
on the ASS.


4 posted on 08/11/2012 6:34:54 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

They don’t call them the stupid party for nothing.


5 posted on 08/11/2012 6:36:27 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
It will take more than winning back the House and Senate to stop 0. He is showing he will take any and every action in spite of them.

Maybe he can get Napoleon's jacket and just declare himself Emperor.


6 posted on 08/11/2012 6:36:35 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

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.

http://www.nolabels.org/presidency-work

Sadly it sounds like their presidential candidate (John Huntsman) will be speaking at the GOP convention.


7 posted on 08/11/2012 6:36:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s not what the Constitution says.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 6:36:49 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Its the no labels thing.

http://www.nolabels.org/presidency-work

Now don’t you feel better knowing that John Huntsman will be speaking at the convention in Tampa?


9 posted on 08/11/2012 6:40:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Guess what party allowed this to happen?????

Hint: They go along to get along.


10 posted on 08/11/2012 6:42:18 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I just cannot see giving Obamugabe more power...stupidity.


11 posted on 08/11/2012 6:43:02 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: afraidfortherepublic

this ain’t Semmens?


12 posted on 08/11/2012 6:43:42 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (At what point does an escalated effort to remove this traitor commence, and what form does it take?)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

I was just going to state what you did “How did a republican controlled majority let this happen?”


13 posted on 08/11/2012 6:45:13 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


14 posted on 08/11/2012 6:57:42 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

That is undoubtedly the reason.


15 posted on 08/11/2012 7:03:35 PM PDT by IslandLad
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Don’t worry, the GOPe majority will hold his feet to the fire.


16 posted on 08/11/2012 7:07:37 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I guess I fail to see the problem. “Advise and Consent” has been a joke in favor of liberals for most of my life.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 7:12:12 PM PDT by stevem
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sounds like the building of a dictatorship.


18 posted on 08/11/2012 7:12:17 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

Voted for by 95 Rs and 166 Ds...
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll537.xml

There have been a few laws passed by Democrat majorities in the House. A few too many.


19 posted on 08/11/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Nachum

Ping


20 posted on 08/11/2012 7:18:45 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: tet68
“Hopefully the democrats will rue the day they pushed
this through. I hope it comes back and bites them
on the ASS.”

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.

21 posted on 08/11/2012 7:20:23 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (You can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mrsmith

Some of the bigger names: Cantor, King, Issa, Ryan.

What is this about??


22 posted on 08/11/2012 7:44:08 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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


23 posted on 08/11/2012 7:47:23 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I hope Hugo Chavez isn’t looking for a new job.


24 posted on 08/11/2012 7:52:42 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: mrsmith

Why the hell did Eric Cantor sign this??


25 posted on 08/11/2012 8:04:02 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Right Wing Assault

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.

But...
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.


26 posted on 08/11/2012 8:11:52 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


27 posted on 08/11/2012 8:11:51 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I'll vote pub for the rest of my life but boy do they make it very difficult....

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....

obscene...

28 posted on 08/11/2012 8:15:14 PM PDT by cherry (/)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Not good at all.


29 posted on 08/11/2012 8:16:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Logical me
That sounds about right. Remove the legislature's responsibilities from future elected congresses, no oversight, no fuss, no muss. Stroke of the pen, cool kind of stuff (reference to the Clinton days).
30 posted on 08/11/2012 8:17:36 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

LOL. Yup. Keep voting in them Republicans folks, they’ll fix things. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.


31 posted on 08/11/2012 8:41:13 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: mrsmith

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.


32 posted on 08/11/2012 8:42:13 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: zeugma
LOL. Yup. Keep voting in them Republicans folks, they’ll fix things. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

they might not fix things to your liking, but you KNOW that the Democrats will destroy the country if reelected....take your choice HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

33 posted on 08/11/2012 8:50:37 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Ah the GOP court eunuchs in another palace intrigue in the court of Emperor Obama. This is another reason we need to clean out the RINO leadership of the GOP.
34 posted on 08/11/2012 8:55:23 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


35 posted on 08/11/2012 9:02:00 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sounds like this bill was passed to prevent the filibuster of nominees.

I wonder if the filibuster’s days are numbered.


36 posted on 08/11/2012 9:12:21 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

Thanks Jet Jaguar

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


37 posted on 08/11/2012 10:21:17 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: lonevoice

ping!


38 posted on 08/11/2012 11:36:17 PM PDT by Pride in the USA (With Romney - Ryan you get change back)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The positions exempted from Senate confirmation include high-level posts like the treasurer of the United States

WHAT? WHAT?

39 posted on 08/12/2012 2:43:50 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: terycarl
they might not fix things to your liking, but you KNOW that the Democrats will destroy the country if reelected....take your choice HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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.



40 posted on 08/12/2012 2:49:24 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This is the reason there are RINOs. They'll let the Dems do anything they want because they
know that one day it will be their turn to wield the throne of power.

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.

41 posted on 08/12/2012 3:25:28 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not angry, you're not paying attention)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
We're cooked and ready to fail as in European socialism/totalitarianism.

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?

42 posted on 08/12/2012 3:42:10 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.)


43 posted on 08/12/2012 3:45:41 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Congress just does not want to do its job. They have become the branch of appeasement. We now have a king/president with the approval of Congress and even the USSC.

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.

44 posted on 08/12/2012 4:00:09 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Nachum

dictator


45 posted on 08/12/2012 5:17:25 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

“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.


46 posted on 08/12/2012 5:22:28 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

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]?


47 posted on 08/12/2012 6:10:38 AM PDT by sport
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To: centurion316
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.
48 posted on 08/12/2012 6:12:57 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: chooseascreennamepat
And you will not hear one peep from the Republican Party when he does.

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.

49 posted on 08/12/2012 6:26:19 AM PDT by sport
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What’s next treaties?


50 posted on 08/12/2012 6:52:03 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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