Friday, January 25, 2013

Obama Appointments Unconstitutional

A three judge court of appeals panel in Washington DC announced today that President Obama acted outside his powers when he made three "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was not in recess.

The ramifications of the decision are still being discovered, and an appeal is likely. At the very least, it is likely that any decisions made by the NLRB during the past year are void for lack of a quorum.  

The Wall Street Journal has the story here.

The ruling also may affect the actions by Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who was also appointed via another Unconstitutional "recess appointment" at the same time as the NLRB appointments.

As the attorney for the Plaintiffs in the case told the Washington Times, this is a victory for the American Citizen.

“Issues like this — it’s not about protecting the Congress from the president and the president from Congress,” Mr. Francisco said. “The Constitution draws these lines ultimately to limit the government to protect the people.”

COAST applauds the Appeals Court's decision.

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