Jan 26, 2013 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx
Excerpted from The Daily Caller: White House spokesman Jay Carney on Friday tried to dismiss the court decision that has torpedoed President Barack Obama’s efforts to rewrite financial and labor regulations.
“The court decided a case brought by a company, and the decision applies to that case [and] does not apply more broadly,” Carney insisted during his Jan. 25 daily press briefing.
But the decision could invalidate hundreds of controversial rules and regulations issued since January 2012 by the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Finance Protection Board.
“This decision now casts serious doubt on whether the president’s ‘recess’ appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau … is constitutional,” said a statement from Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, who has supported the lawsuit against Obama’s appointments.
“The decision is novel and unprecedented,” Carney countered. “It contradicts 150 years of practice by Democratic and Republican administrations, [and] we respectfully but strongly disagree with the ruling.”
Carney did not say if the administration will appeal.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Appeals Court in D.C. on Friday declared that President Obama’s attempted appointments in January 2012 of three people to National Labor Relations Board violated the Constitution’s rule that gives the Senate sole authority to declare when it is in session.
In January 2012, Obama said he could appoint the officials without getting Senate confirmation, because the Senate was in recess at the time. The Constitution allows the president to make short-term appointments when the Senate is out of session.