High court unanimously rules Obama lacked constitutional authority to make recess appointments


As the House of Representatives moves forward with plans to sue President Obama for failing “to faithfully execute the laws of the United States as provided by Article II, Section III of the U.S. Constitution,” the administration suffered a secondary slap on the wrist from the Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously today that Obama lacked constitutional authority to make high-level government appointments at a time he declared the Senate to be in recess and unable to act on the nominations.

From the Washington Post:

Obama made appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 at a time when the Senate was holding pro forma sessions every three days precisely to thwart the president’s ability to exercise the power.

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