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.