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. Dave, the Truthteller

    Democrats rewrite, subvert, and twist any laws or process in order to get what they want. Dimwits blindly follow them. If Bush was doing this, the Libtards would be howling...

    March 27, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Cara

    Bravo Mr. President. Enough being Mr. Nice Guy. Republicans don't understand that. Seriously, I can't believe that they actually spat on and threatened the reps and senators who were fulfilling the will of the people. Oh, I know that the Repubs insist that the majority of American did not want that bill passed, but they are delusional. We did. That's why the MAJORITY of Americans voted Democratic in the last presidental election. GET – A CLUE.

    March 27, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. NC

    Thank you Mr. President. We are simply tired of the stalling by Republicans. Our Country needs to move forward.

    March 27, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thank you Mr. President for demonstrating the leadership that will get us back on track!

    March 27, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Mike in TX

    Wow, you liberals have very short memories. You love to blame republicans, but seem to forget about the democrats. When Obama was a Senator, he blocked nominees appointed by Bush and complained about Bush making appointments during recess…funny how you all thought it was a good and noble think he was doing then and how horrible it was of Bush to make appointments, but when the shoe is on the other foot….well the word hypocrite comes to mind.

    March 27, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. southern cousin

    Typical corrupt slimeball move for this soon to be impeached idiot, one of the few bipartisan move was to reject the protector of ACORN attorney to the NLRB, but this slimy, corrupt so called president is going to do it anyway in order to reward the corrupt ACORN and their founders the more than corrupt SEIU Remember Blago wanted an SEIU job if he couldn't be senator, he knew where there was money to steal.

    March 27, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. southern cousin

    This will sure help that bi-partisanship that the annoited one campaigned on. I remember the liberal whines when Bush did it. Such caterwauling and now you read all of the congratulations when this slimy, corrupt idiot does it. Does the word hypocrite mean democrat? You just gotta laugh and play the tapes and read the transcripts. IMPEACH OBOZO. There I can act like a liberal.

    March 27, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. bruno sako

    waiste no tme Mr president.they republicans are working against you.
    they will do everything to stop your political ambition.
    you need to act now and do what is the best for the country.
    we are all behind you Mr President
    bruno sako
    montreal
    canada

    March 27, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Nancy, NY

    This guy is insane. He is making appointments without senate approval. Bring in the rogues, liars and unfit people to the front. President himself is not fit to govern so what can we expect. To add to it, he is saying he is doing what American people want him to do. He should go all over the country and find out what American people want.

    March 27, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Andy from NYC

    Recess appointments by the executive is nothing new. Please see the appointment of John Bolton as UN ambassador under George W. This is the only option when the US Senate fails to confirm a nominee. So please don't herald this as something novel. Where it is significant lies in the number of appointees and is just another characteristic of an opposition party which wants to see Obama fail at his endeavours.

    March 27, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Please note Republicans an T-Partyers.... This is constitutional as noted in the story...Article II, Section 2!!!! Let's hear the whine!

    March 27, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. juge

    Go for it!!!!!!!! We've got your back!

    March 27, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. WHAT???????????

    Thank You. It is time to "get the job done" and stop bowing to the party of "no". Just do it !!!!

    March 27, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Bush

    That is great move. Don't let GOPs to block your move Mr. Prsedent

    March 27, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Okay right wingers go ahead and complain but before any reasonable person starts to be up=set my recess appointments I have two words for you: John Bolton. We on the left had to put up with that idiot going to the UN for a recess appointment when the Dems (rightfully so )blocked him from actual confirmation.

    I am glad to see him push back aginst the right wingers who are trying to say NO to everything. git er dunn.

    March 27, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Larry J

    If the President is unhappy with the lack of support in the Senate, he need onloy look to Democrats. They have the majority and chair each committee. They decide when a vote is taken. Democrats, you have again left the President down.

    March 27, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    Do what you have to – the majority of Americans want our government to work.
    The rest (Fox Followers) want to hang out in parks and state land waving signs, sit on their but and collect SS checks or go see their.
    Lazy angry old fools, get back to work you bums!

    March 27, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. ib

    Larry you are dreaming it will be the democrats that are out in Nov. as it should be. They are destroying this country with all of this out of controll spending. But you are a liberal what would you know about that?? These appointments are wrong when done this way no matter which party does them. There should be a law against it.

    March 27, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. America Shrugged

    @ Florence, I agree..Sen McCain making that statement basically gave President Obama permission after 16 months, to fill much needed Adm posts that had already been approved in the Senate Committee. Maybe we should all send Senator McCain a thank you note?

    March 27, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Justin

    Everyone knows its only OK to stagnate if you're a democrat..

    March 27, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. JP

    The single biggest reason our manufacturing base deteriorates more each year is unions. Look what they did for the steel industry and GM. There are teachers teaching our kids who would have been fired decades ago if it wasn't for unions. Unions were necessary at one time now are a destructive force in this country. Almost everyone in Greece is in a union look where it got them. So what does Obama do he places former SEIU lawyer at the NLRB. Do a search on Craig Becker's views and you will see what a horrible choice he is for this country.

    March 27, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Sheena

    I can see cnn is totally bias and strongly leans toward the leftist liberals. Only sane people that work hard for a living can see what Obama is doing, and its not good for this country.

    March 27, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. AndyBlue

    The Republicans look more the fool every day.

    March 27, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. NYC REPUB

    An excerpt from a Harry S. Truman q & a, while he was President.

    Voice in the crowd: Give 'em hell Harry!

    President Truman: I never gave 'em hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

    This sums up President Obama, and his strong opposition

    March 27, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Tammy

    Each President has done this. What's the big deal?

    March 27, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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