March 27th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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. Slider

    He'll need to make recess appointments.

    None of his radical appointments can pass the confirmation process on their own.

    2012 is coming Obama.

    So is this November.

    I'm going to enjoy you being a lame duck for the next two years.

    March 27, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Larry @4:07 – sure hope you're right. I don't know how this country can survive if the GOP gets back into power, personally. They nearly destroyed us with 30 years of deregulation and free handouts for the rich. And they've been working very hard at destroying us since President Obama was sworn in, to regain power (I guess to finish us off). From your lips to God's ears, I say.

    March 27, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Yas

    GOOD JOB!!! We are proud of you Mr. President...THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO....Now if we could just get the Republicans to work for what is best for us instead of playing the party politics game....maybe this country would get back on it's feet faster!!!

    March 27, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Teflon warrior

    Well I certainly think I've found a nick name for him, B.H "Ram it down their throats" Obama. I'm sure everyone will remember it in November and in the Novembers to come!

    March 27, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Mike Dodd

    I always find it amusing how one side always accuses the other of the same thing it did to the previous administration. Both sides need to grow up and work together for us. The dems did the same thing during the Bush years and with just as much, if not more, hatred.

    March 27, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Rahm

    Here comes Van Jones and the party crasher organizer lady again...........

    March 27, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Jasmine

    Lolololol Awesome! I guess Obama heard Bill Maher last night and took 'bipartisan' out from his teleprompter!
    Keep the good momentum going Mr. President!

    March 27, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Chris

    Funny that the President didn't think the Senate was falling down on the job when he was among their members holding up President Bush's appointments. Seems he's had to reap some of the whirlwind he sowed.

    March 27, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. The Unsub

    pailin: verb. eng. (pay-lin) 1. to dim, or retard, ignorant, to cause harm to. e.g. the defendent felt he was pailined during his trial. 2. to talk in a shrill voice.

    March 27, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. dee

    This is another example of th republican party being the party of "NO". If you want to have a say then take part and stop being the party of the hissy fit.

    March 27, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Blah, Blah and Blah

    You go Mr. President. I wish you could fire Senators too!

    March 27, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Way to go, President Obama. When Republicans and their elected United States Senators can only support obstructionism and lay dormant instead of performing their duties, the President of the United States of America should act. And, he did. Only wish he would've done it sooner.

    Republicans, so far, have only spouted rhetoric without offering solutions. That makes them totally ineffective and useless to all Americans. This coming November 2nd will be their day of reckoning. How could they have miscalculated so much. But, again, look at what the Cheney/Bush administration did to this great country of ours.....recession, almost another great depression, sent our young soldiers to be killed and maimed in an unnecessary war, plunged our economy to record budget deficits, succeeded in making us an enemy of the world despite the sympathy we got after 911, etc.etc.

    March 27, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Excellent job and decision President Obama.

    I appreciate your attempts for bi-partisanship, but when no less than Michael Steele the head of the Rabid NAZI's himself states that "bi-partisanship is over-rated" and the bitter old man known as Mr Magoo says "we will not work through the end of the year", that means kick 'em to the curb and drive on!!!

    The Party of NO has had 14 months to approve these appointees, so, put them in charge and let's get something done for the American people. I appreciate your patience with the "children of the cons" I would have made the appointments back during Christmas recess.

    We need a way to move the 200+ bills that the Reds have threatened to filibuster and make some more progress for this country.

    This will serve as a good start.

    We will let the Greedy Old People sit on the veranda and sip their prune juice while we all get to work.

    After all, the number one priority of the party of NO agenda is for our President to "fail" and by proxy, for America to fail!

    Keep fighting the good and true fight!.

    March 27, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. ted

    Excellent!!!! Now we´re talking sense.

    March 27, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Jane

    Yep this is real presidential.Way to set the example for future generations–bypassing the way gov business should be run.

    March 27, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. terry,va.

    Obummie is the biggest liar and crook the White House has ever seen. The senate rejected Craig Becker, a lawyer for SEIU and the AFL-CIO unions, to head the National Labor Relations Board by a vote of 52 to 43. More special favors to another special interest group (unions) He is breaking every rule that is in congress. He is a one and done moran. I just hope that it doesn't take 50 years to straighten out this socialist/commie's mess.

    March 27, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. CFOnyc

    ...this is why the US voted for Obama...to get the job done!

    March 27, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. SY

    Thank you, Mr. Prez. Smart move on your part

    March 27, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. notfooledtx

    Well done Mr. President!!!

    This country needs to keep moving forward – with or without the republicans. Lead, follow or get out of the way.

    Let the children pout – the adults will press on. We're behind you!

    March 27, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. SAGAR RAKSIT

    Congratulations! Finally you are showing the american people that you were elected to get the job done and you are going to get it done! You can't negotiate with the party of NO. Please keep up the momentum and never ever back off. Take charge. We have lost more than a year in the hope of the elusive bipartisanship. NO MORE DELUSION!

    March 27, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. ypsifan

    Way to go Mr. President! Now of course the Republicans will say that this action is a "first" and forget the Bush – Cheney fools doing the same thing.

    As a Republican myself, I am growing more and more disgusted with my Party. They seem to be led by blantant lying , arrogant, off-shore nation building idiots who love to fight unfunded wars and cut taxes at the same time for wealthy taxpayers.

    March 27, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Bill

    He also appointed a Mr. Becker...who was in fact, REJECTED by the Senate in a bipartisan vote...

    March 27, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. The Unsub

    anybody hear McCain ramble and rant on today? Boy, he was almost president. And poor Cindy in the background grinning and bearing it. So sad!

    March 27, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. joec

    Nobama and no vote by the Senate, I can remember the dems crying like a bunch of babies when GWB did this. But when the power is your own its ok right? Dont cry in November when the GOP takes back the house and Senate. As for Nobama he will be one and done.

    March 27, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Rowe

    How about a recess appointment for Eroll Southers to head the TSA? It was stupid to let such a good man be bullied by the GOP over an issue unrelated to airport security.

    Appoint Eroll Southers!

    March 27, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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