President Obama has now used the “recess appointment” process to place AFL-CIO/SEIU attorney Craig Becker on the powerful NLRB (National Labor Relations Board). A recent Associated Press article by Ben Feller attributes the President’s action to being “fed up with waiting” for the Senate to take action on his nominations. In Becker’s case, this is simply not true. The question of Becker’s confirmation came up in the Senate last February, and failed to garner the required number of votes for cloture. The Republicans were joined by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D–AR) and Senator Ben Nelson (D–NE) in rejecting Becker. The recess appointment was invoked during the Senate’s Easter Break. I don’t think it is much of a stretch from here to having the President invoke recess appointments when the Senators go home for the night.
Some excellent analysis of the reasons for resisting Becker’s appointment can be found in this Heritage Foundation article.
To be fair, I should recognize previous abuses of recess appointments by President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. But, bank robbers can’t get off by claiming they’re not the first ones.
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