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H.Res. 509: Disapproving of the President’s appointment of four officers or employees of the United States during a period when no recess of the Congress for a period... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Jan 10, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Jan 10, 2012

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RESOLUTION

Disapproving of the President's appointment of four officers or employees of the United States during a period when no recess of the Congress for a period of more than three days was authorized by concurrent resolution and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that those appointments were made in violation of the Constitution.

Whereas article 1, section 5, clause 4 of the Constitution states, ``Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days''; Whereas a 1993 Justice Department Memorandum, relating to the case of Mackie v. Clinton and formally known as the Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, states the following: ``If the recess here at issue were of three days or less, a closer question would be presented. The Constitution restricts the Senate's ability to adjourn its session for more than three days without obtaining the consent of the House of Representatives . . . It might be argued that this means that the Framers did not consider one, two and three day recesses to be constitutionally significant.''; Whereas, on January 4, 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Richard Cordray to be the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and appointed Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board; and Whereas these appointments broke the long-established precedent of Congress being in recess for more than three days before...

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The appointment of four officers or employees of the United States during a period when there was NO recess of the Congress was in direct violation to the U.S. Constitution. Once again, the White House has overstepped its authority and violated the Constitution that President Obama swore to uphold.

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Bill Summary

H.Res. 509: Disapproving of the President’s appointment of four officers or employees of the United States during a period when no recess of the Congress for a period of more than three days was authorized by concurrent resolution and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that those appointments were made in violation of the Constitution.

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