Senate Republicans Look To Block Labor Board Appointments
December 29, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
As the year is coming to an end, Republican lawmakers and President Barack Obama are engaged in another battle of wills, this time concerning potential unconfirmed appointments to controversial boards, Fox News reported.
According to the news outlet, the Republicans are refusing to officially adjourn for the year in order to prevent the President from making any appointments while Congress is on vacation.
The two parties can't agree on new National Labor Relations Board members, as only two positions on the board are filled going into next year. This, according to Fox News, may be the reason that Obama could try and make an appointment while Congress is in recess.
"I guess he could squeeze that in, but I think it is a bad idea. I think recess appointments, for the most part, are done to bypass the Senate, the advice and consent that is required under the Constitution," Senator Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said in a statement.
The Hill reported that all 47 Republican Senators sent the President a letter on Monday asking that he not make the recess appointments.