March 27th, 2010
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3 years ago

Obama to make 15 recess appointments

 'I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis,' President Obama said in a statement Saturday.
'I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis,' President Obama said in a statement Saturday.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama announced Saturday that he will make recess appointments of 15 nominees to administration posts who are awaiting confirmation by the full Senate.

"The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees," Obama said in a written statement that also named the 15 individuals. "But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis.

"Most of the men and women whose appointments I am announcing today were approved by Senate committees months ago, yet still await a vote of the Senate. At a time of economic emergency, two top appointees to the Department of Treasury have been held up for nearly six months. I simply cannot allow
partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government."

In a blog post about the appointments, White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki highlighted two other federal agencies.

"The roadblocks we've seen in the Senate have left some government agencies like the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission impaired in fulfilling their mission," Psaki wrote. "These agencies can now get back to working for the American people."

Obama has the authority under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution to make recess appointments.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Hang in ther Mr. President. We'll have the Republicans out of office next election cycle.

    March 27, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. j

    Obama's got to do what needs to be done to keep the government functioning. The Republican obstructionists can complain about it but they are the ones who are being irresponsible and doing things that harm America. I support the President's actions. I support those members of the Legislature that act in the best interest of the country. I do not support the actions of the Republicans, tea baggers, and the Party of No.

    March 27, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Jackalope

    Good for Obama. Since the Republicans will neither lead nor follow, they need to just get out of the way!

    March 27, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. jo

    Good. Every party pulls this crap by holding up appointments.

    March 27, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Good for him. GWB did it numerous times so the Republicans will no doubt complain.

    March 27, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Center left-out

    The American people now see that the Republicans will put party first over what's best for the country. The Republicans have set a bad example for being in the minority as sore loser. If the Republicans are willing to do anything to get back in power, what will they do to keep power. The Republicans need to lead by example and stop playing politics.

    March 27, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Josh

    Way to go President Obama. You should get these people on the job so they can start working on getting the americian people back to work and our economy back in order. This is no time to be playing politic's when so many americans are out of work. Bravo Zulu to you Sir.

    March 27, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. IVOTE

    Congress is broken only because the Republican Party became sore losers on November 2008 when history was made by the voters of the United States of America. The GOP have decided to act like children at the playground; angry because they are not interested in progress for people of all races and religions. I watched the civil rights movement in the southern states and shed many tears for the brutality waged against those who wanted equal rights and I am very familiar signs of racism. I see the signs today. Rest assured the "WORLD" is watching.

    March 27, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Florence

    GOOD! Since McCain vowed not to cooperate for the rest of the year Obama should not wait on the Republicans to vote on these nominees and let the departments suffer. This is the Obama I want to see more of in the future. No more compromises with people who want to see you fail. Kick them hard where it hurts, we elected you not McCain.

    March 27, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Denna

    Thank you, President Obama. It is truly good to have a responsible adult in charge of the White House for a change. The Rethugs may not know this, but President Obama knows the Constitution. It must be rough working for someone who is smarter than you are.

    March 27, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. J.Lee

    Finally Obama is learning the true colors of the "just say Hell nooo" Republicamn party and getting the job done anyway he has to. We need adult and mature leadership in Congress, not a clan of revenge seeking power hungry adolescent boys!

    March 27, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Jacquie

    Mr. President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do You!!!!! We with an ounce of brain tissue, see what is going on. If they will not do their jobs and work for the American People, then you must.

    March 27, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Flex

    Go Obama! Rise up against the traveling red neck riviera!

    March 27, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Carl Justus

    I am glad he is doing this. The republicans think they are the rulers of the United States and everyone should bow to their way of doing things.

    They just had the worst president in history of the country and want to make Obama a failed president regardless of what they have to do.

    They are whipping up the extremists against the health care bill and many democrats are getting death threats plus their offices are being vandalized. The police should start to get involved and bring some of the hoodlums to justice.

    March 27, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. ingrid

    Excellent! Finally action

    March 27, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. RespectOthersAlways

    President Obama should be commended for moving ahead and not waiting for the obstructionists in Congress to change their ways.

    The obstructionists have been emboldened by many lies and fear mongering over the last 12 months. They will not change until their main political goal of prematurely turning the administration into a lame duck administration until they are defeated in November.

    The time calls for decisive political organizing to defeat the obstructionists in November. Sometimes, especially in politics, the best defense is a good offense.

    Wake up Democrats, Independents, Men and Women of Conscience. Say No to obstructionism. Say NO to the Party of NO. Say NO to extremism.

    March 27, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Mike

    Way to go Obama! It's time to put an end to the stagnation caused by Republicans

    March 27, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Lucy

    Presidential and mature...

    March 27, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Indy

    Action, Action, Action, this is what getting work is all about. This is how you get the economy back on track.Just because the Republicans announced they are on strike and licking their wounds does not mean Obama will take a day off. This is what a real President should do,and with all the republicans crying out for the economy that they ruined, listen up and watch a real Commander in Cheif do some real work !!

    March 27, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. FL

    He only thinks the Constitution is useful when it benefits him. He also needs a lesson on international diplomacy. When you are the head of State and have other heads of state visit this Nation one should offer all due respect and hospitality. One should never ignor or turn a cold sholder because you do not agree with their views. Remember you represent the people and you should never subject any guest to Chicago style political force. You personally may not like them but you are only in office a short time and the damage and disgrace you caused us will live on.

    March 27, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. MrShabazz

    I'm generally not big on presidents making rececess appointments. I didn't approve of them when Bush did them either. However I do understand.

    Republicans don't even at least have a philosophical problem with Obama's picks. They put holds on them just for the sake of gridlock.

    March 27, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Chuck

    Why only 15??? We fully expected the president to recess appoint ALL crucial pending nominations. It is time for government to stop being mired down in politics and get to handling the business of the people. If nothing else, he needs to appoint all the nominees being held by Richard Shelby then dare him to make a stink. Holding nominees so you can get tankers we don't need is sure to go over well with the conservatives who want their taxes lowered and government reduced.

    March 27, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    It's about time! We'd all like to see bipartisanship. I know the President certainly tried way longer than I would have. Republicans just aren't going to play. It would be nice to see them grow up as well as do something to earn that almost $180,000 we pay them each year, along with excellent health care coverage and pension. Would that be asking too much? Apparently.

    March 27, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is not a President to sit round in an nice easy chair in the oval office and do nothing, he's about action, solutions and results. Republicans actions and solutions to everything result in war, hate and divisiveness.

    March 27, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. liz

    Way to go! If the children don't want to play with you, go ahead and show them how grown-ups govern. These brats will keep putting their own interests ahead of the country so just ignore them and do what we elected you to do. I hope by November everyone has figured out what the rethuglisaurs are about and every single one of them running for anything from dog catcher up gets kicked to the curb. they are a toxic influence on this country and the government and they need to go.

    March 27, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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