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Obama Recess Appointments

Jennifer Bendery

Sen Mike Lee Vows To Block Obama's Nominees, Uses PAC To Raise Money Off Effort | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) insists it is the Constitution, not politics, driving his vow to unilaterally block all of President Barack Obama...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Boycott Of Consumer Finance Watchdog Fizzles | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican boycott of the first official Senate testimony of President Obama's consumer finance watchdog fizzled Tuesday, as only half...

The Senate's Holiday

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Republicans' newest way of countering criticism that Congress spends more time on recess than it does working occurred when it went home for the Christmas holidays.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Press Justice Dept On Legality Of Recess Appointments | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House and Senate Republicans fired off letters to the Justice Department on Friday demanding to know what role the agency played, if any...

Michael McAuliff

White House, Dems: If Congress Isn't In Recess, Why Isn't It Working? | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Republicans complaining that President Obama made recess appointments while Congress is not in recess, House Democrats Thursday sug...

Amanda Terkel

Santorum: Congress Should Take Obama 'To Court' For Recess Appointments | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

BRENTWOOD, N.H. -- Rick Santorum, flying high off his personal victory in the Iowa caucuses, met with voters at a nursing home in New Hampshire on Wed...

What Is A Recess?

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Constitution lets presidents make temporary appointments while the Senate is in recess but does not specify what a recess is or how ...

Michael McAuliff

Scott Brown Backs Obama End Run Appointment Of CFPB Boss Cordray | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bucking his party's leadership, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) Wednesday expressed his support for President Obama's decision to name Richa...

Dave Jamieson

Inviting Fury From GOP, Obama Doubles Down On Recess Appointments | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Doubling down on President Barack Obama's bold recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, t...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Has Tiny Window To Appoint Consumer Protection Chief | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been pressing the Senate for months to confirm Richard Cordray as the director of the new Consumer Financial ...

By Nuclear Threat or Weekend Recess

Victor Williams | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

The Senate majority's unified, strategic and forceful stand against ever-increasing minority obstruction holds the potential to be a game-changing event for the 112th Senate.

End "Trips and Traps": Recess Appoint Elizabeth Warren as CFPB Director

Victor Williams | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Senate Republicans have preemptively filibustered the appointment of a founding director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Without a director, the CFPB will not have authority to regulate both bank and nonbank financial operations.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Duck Recess Fight With GOP As Elizabeth Warren Dangles | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress have called out the Democrats for a fight over recess -- but there are few signs the Democrats are going to show...

Obama Announces Six Recess Appointments

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama bypassed the Senate Wednesday to make six recess appointments, including a deputy attorney general whose links...

Lame-Duck Fights: Confirm OMB's Jack Lew, DOJ's Jim Cole and 23 Federal Judges

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Partisan "leaders" are now chosen, weeks ahead of the Republic's 112th Congress. Now is the time to confirm Executive Branch leaders for the next two...

Obama Makes 4 Recess Appointments While On Vacation

AP | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — Once again bypassing a gridlocked Senate, President Barack Obama acted Thursday to install three agency officials and a ...

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Whether Obama Makes Recess Appointments Depends On McConnell | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration hinted strongly on Tuesday that it would use the president's power to appoint officials without congressional confirmation du...

Obama Bypassing Senate To Fill Medicare Post

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama intends to use the congressional recess to bypass the Senate and appoint Dr. Donald Berwick, an expert on pa...

Obama Recess Appointments: Confronting Senate Confirmation Obstruction in Summer 2010

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Our nation's challenges grow more daunting daily. Meanwhile, over two hundred top federal posts remain vacant. Obama should audaciously use his recess appointment authority at every opportunity.

Dan Froomkin

Obama Recess Appoints 15 Top Appointees, End-Running GOP Obstruction | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama on Saturday announced the recess appointment of 15 political appointees whose nominations had been stalled by Republicans. "The Unit...

Obama's Recess Appointments: GOPers Raging Now, Welcomed Process Under Bush

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's decision to bypass the vacationing Senate and directly appoint 15 nominees has produced some expected cries of outrage from Republic...

Dan Froomkin

Obama Recess Appointments: 5 More He Should Make (Vote For Your Favorites) | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama on Saturday made 15 recess appointments, using his power to unilaterally install top officials in his government when the Senate isn't...

Examining the "Recess of the Senate''

Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lucey

The recess appointment power is not unprecedented, and it's hardly rare. George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, while Clinton made 139 appointments.

Sam Stein

Obama Warns GOP He Will Use Recess Appointments | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a surprise appearance before the White House press corps on Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced he would consider using recess appointments t...