Lost in all the news about the GOP contests in Iowa and New Hampshire it seems that the POTUS has once again deemed himself above the law by announcing the "recess" appointments of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau along with three new members to the National Labor Relations Board.
Now recess appointments are not uncommon, Presidents use them all the time especially in the cases of people like Cordray who were previously blocked by the Senate.
What makes these moves so appalling is that the Senate is not in recess, but rather holding pro forma sessions in order to "satisfy the Constitutional obligation that neither chamber can adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other".
The rightful remedy for this power grab would be to file an injunction against these appointments in federal court to block the moves as they even go against the advice of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel regarding this matter. Unfortunately we have a lap dog in the name of Eric Holder as the top man at the DOJ who won't even fart without the President's say so.
Another remedy would be for the Senate to begin impeachment hearings over the issue, but that too is a nonstarter because another one of Obama's bitches, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, would never let that happen.
There is one more option however and that would be for the House to defund these departments. Sure the appointments would stand but without any funding, the departments would cease to exist. With the power of the purse, the House has the ability to send a message to this and future Presidents that usurpations of power will not be taken lightly.
The President is not a King and just because he refuses to take no for an answer, it does not give him the right to run roughshod over the Constitution. He must be held accountable for his actions.
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