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Obama's recess actions spur Republicans to join lawsuit

By Stephen Dinan

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Escalating a simmering constitutional feud, Senate Republicans on Tuesday said they’re joining a lawsuit against President Obama’s January recess appointments, which were made even as Senate Republicans said they were still in session.

And Republican senators tapped Miguel Estrada, a man denied a presidential appointment to an appeals court by Democrats in 2003, to be their lawyer in the case, adding to the intrigue surrounding the challenge.

“The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency, when the Senate was not in recess, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

In January Mr. Obama appointed the chief of a new consumer protection board and named several members to the National Labor Relations Board, saying he was using his recess-appointment powers under the Constitution.

But the Senate had been regularly meeting every three days in pro forma meetings, which both Democrats and Republicans had previously said meant it was in session for purposes of preventing recess appointments — an interpretation the Clinton administration had also backed. Scissors-32x32.pngelephant.gif

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