Obama, Fed Up With GOP Obstructionism, Makes 15 Recess Appointments

March 28, 2010

(ChattahBox)—With hundreds of White House appointments stalled in the Senate for months, with no end in sight, President Obama quietly made 15 recess appointments the day after Congress adjourned for an Easter recess. Obama filled two seats on the National Labor Relations Board that have been vacant for over a year and he made two high-level appointments to the Treasury Department.

Republican lawmakers condemned the recess appointments, but former President Bush also made 15 recess appointments at the same in his presidency, without the same toxic partisanship and obstructionism. During his entire two terms, Bush made more than 170 recess appointments and President Bill Clinton made nearly 140.

The two Treasury posts were held up for months, at a time of a severe recession noted Obama:

“The two top Treasury posts are for Jeffrey Goldstein, an executive at a New York private equity firm and a former managing director at the World Bank, for under secretary for domestic finance; and Michael Mundaca, a senior policy adviser at Treasury, for assistant secretary for tax policy.”

And added to the Labor Relations Board, are labor lawyers Craig Becker and Mark Pearce. The NLRB, a five-member board, has been limping along with just two members for two years.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blocked Becker’s nomination in the Senate, on the basis of his partisanship and he issued a statement condemning his recess appointment. “The U.S. Senate rejected this highly controversial and partisan nominee, and once again the administration showed that it had little respect for the time honored constitutional roles and procedures of Congress,” McCain said.

President Obama issues a statement after making the appointments:

“At a time of economic emergency, two top appointees to the Department of Treasury have been held up for nearly six months,” Obama said. “I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.”

There still remain an unprecedented 217 nominees pending before the Senate, including 34 that have languished in the upper chamber for more than six months.

Source: Reuters


Comments

8 Responses to “Obama, Fed Up With GOP Obstructionism, Makes 15 Recess Appointments”

  1. White House defends Obama recess appointments | Internet Buzz on March 28th, 2010 11:00 am

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  2. Joyce Johnson on March 28th, 2010 11:01 am

    Don’t get me wrong…I voted for Barack Obama, but when headlines say things like “Obama fed up”, to me it makes him sound petulant and snappish. There has always been opposition…and he is no exception.

    He’s the President. He should roll with the punches and not expect 100% slavish devotion to his ideals. Maybe he isn’t petulant at all, he is just being painted that way.

  3. Joe Ybarzabal on March 28th, 2010 11:08 am

    [edited]THEM REPUBLICANS!!!

  4. Joe Ybarzabal on March 28th, 2010 11:10 am

    ok, republicans are such little [deleted]

  5. Joe Ybarzabal on March 28th, 2010 11:12 am

    ok, GOPs are so little minded and very forgetful fuxs!

  6. P. Alderfer on March 28th, 2010 11:22 am

    Good for you Mr President. The government must continue to work despite partisan politics. The Conservatives have had so many sour grapes (since they lost the election) they can make a lot of whine, whine, whine.

    Perhaps the Republicans should retool their party instead of trying to block the Administration from doing their jobs. Shame on you.

  7. Michael on March 28th, 2010 11:34 am

    The title clearly says “GOP Obstructionism,” so this is certainly not a conservative-leaning article. It’s quite fair, explaining both the views of both President and the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. It provides context with figures of recess appointments of both previous presidents, one from each party.

    I tend to side with Obama, especially given the childish way Republicans have behaved during the past year. The democrats obviously think the appointees are qualified, or Obama would have found suitable replacements who would get a majority vote. The problem is there was no vote because of procedural blocks. The way I see it: it’s petty politics, nothing more, where Obama is playing the game by the rules, regardless of how it makes McCain feel sad and unloved.

  8. Doug Brown on March 28th, 2010 11:43 am

    Hi Joyce who voted for Obama, I don’t read into these appointments any expectation of “100% slavish devotion”, rather I see a responsible move to fill important positions that are necessary to run the country. President Obama is requesting the Senate to do its job and vote on his requested appointments to these critical positions. It is all together fitting and proper that if the Senate doesn’t act on these requested appointments within a reasonable time that the president moves within his power to run the country; after all, that is his job. If the Senate does actually vote on and reject Obama’s appointments then I would agree that he need’s to make appointments that the Senate can see their way clear to approve.

    The Senate Republicans are doing their level best to make this government fail in an effort to regain the power in the last couple of general elections. In the 12 years that the Republicans did really run the whole show, they became so corrupt that it may be a while before the really recoup anything that even remotely looks like integrity. Any group who is willing to cause so much damage in order to gain power should be called on it, and completely rejected as leaders.

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