The Supreme Court fired a huge salvo on the Obama administration, unanimously rebuking the White House for making recess appointments when Congress wasn’t actually in recess.
The court ruled that President Obama exceeded his Constitutional authority when he filled vacancies on theNational Labor Relations Board in 2012. The ruling only has an effect on those specific NRLB recess appointments, and not on previous such recess appointments made when Congress was not recessed.
(To read the Supreme Court opinion, click here.)
One such recess appointment not subject to the ruling is the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray.
Cordray’s recess appointment, covered here at HousingWire, in January 2012, after Senate Republicans blocked the appointment in early December 2011.