Senate GOP Leader McConnell says Obama "set terrible precedent" on "recess" appointments

Just when you think America's arguably worst president in history, Barack Obama, could not top himself in his meglomaniacal arrogance, he somehow does indeed top himself.  Earlier today, leaders of the Republicans in Congress blasted Obama's decision to illegally grant a "recess" appointment to Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) when the United States Congress was not in recess.

Yet, a few hours later, this most arrogant of presidents illegally made 3 more "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which has done more job destruction during Obama's 3 years than most federal agencies with the exception of the EPA.

Regarding Obama's illegal appointment at the CFPB, the Senate Republican Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY, blasted Obama's decision to violate the precedent which has limited a president to making recess appointments when the Senate is in recess for 10 days or longer  by saying:  "Breaking from this precedent lands this appointee in uncertain legal territory, threatens the confirmation process and fundamentally endangers the Congress's role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch."

Regarding the next three illegal Obama appointments today, Senator McConnell stated:  "“Just hours after he circumvented the American people by 'recess' appointing Richard Cordray to the CFPB, the President has upped the ante by making several additional recess appointments, this time to the NLRB. Although all of these appointments potentially raise legal and constitutional questions, the NLRB appointments are particularly egregious."

It would behoove Senate Republican Leader McConnell, and his fellow Senators, to redress Obama's grievous affronts to the United States Congress.  Both of these rogue agencies, the NLRB and the CFPB, need to be eliminated and, in the short term, put on a very short leash with little or no funding.

The rest of Senate Republican Leader McConnell's comments are directly below:


McConnell Comments on the President’s Recess Appointments to the NLRB

‘But what the President did today sets a terrible precedent that could allow any future President to completely cut the Senate out of the confirmation process, appointing his nominees immediately after sending their names up to Congress.’


Louisville, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the President’s unprecedented recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board:

“Just hours after he circumvented the American people by 'recess' appointing Richard Cordray to the CFPB, the President has upped the ante by making several additional recess appointments, this time to the NLRB. Although all of these appointments potentially raise legal and constitutional questions, the NLRB appointments are particularly egregious. Because the President waited to nominate Sharon Block and Richard Griffin until just two days before the Senate was scheduled to adjourn last month, neither has undergone a single confirmation hearing or a single day of debate by the representatives of the American people. Congress has a constitutional duty to examine presidential nominees, a responsibility that serves as a check on executive power. But what the President did today sets a terrible precedent that could allow any future President to completely cut the Senate out of the confirmation process, appointing his nominees immediately after sending their names up to Congress. This was surely not what the framers had in mind when they required the President to seek the advice and consent of the Senate in making appointments.”