July 7th, 2010
08:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Baucus criticizes Obama for recess appointment

'I'm troubled that, rather than going through the standard nomination process, Dr. Berwick was recess appointed,' Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said in a statement.
'I'm troubled that, rather than going through the standard nomination process, Dr. Berwick was recess appointed,' Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said in a statement.

(CNN) – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is the first Democrat to express displeasure with President Obama's recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid.

"I'm troubled that, rather than going through the standard nomination process, Dr. Berwick was recess appointed. Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee – and answered," the Montana senator said in a statement.

Baucus went on to state that he looked forward to working with the agency on health care reform's implementation "despite the recess appointment."

Listen: CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins takes a look at the decision.


– CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.


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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. JT

    Way to keep up that impression that Democrats are in disarray; too busy dragging each other down to even show a second of solidarity – yup, he's a classic Democrat alright – all too willing to shoot the party in the foot – Keep it up Guys and the Houses will fall – Somebody give this one a medal cuz he is special! – yup, a real keeper this one.

    July 7, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. usualone

    Please list Republican Presidents who didn't take similar actions?

    July 7, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Paul H

    Obama's down in the polls because he dictates policy, and is tied to a left leaning agenda driven congress. It's not about the Dem's or the GOP, both parties have failed at taking care of working class America, and taking care of our borders.
    Working class America will take care of the poor, and the less fortunate in this country.
    Both parties cater to the Rich, illegal immigration, and the poor, and forget it takes working Americans to make this thing work. Stop being a handout nation.

    July 7, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Hannah

    OMG – Bush made recess appoints at every opportunity and we never heard about it. But when Obama does it they scream bloody murder. When the rethugs get in again, god help us if they do, we need to be as vocal as the right wing nuts are.

    July 7, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Cody

    Maybe the answer is that rather than wait while the Republicans play political football with the nomination, the President is smart enough to know that the Medicare and Medicaid programs are important enough to American citizens to have someone in charge of them. Next question.

    July 7, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. kfk

    Baucus you are worthless. If you don't like it then stay in Washington instead of taking a 2 week leave. All you care about is helping your backers from the medical arena.

    July 7, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. JLNYC

    As if Bush didn't take it far enough, O continues to take it all the way, using sneaky tactics to sidestep the process that keeps this country in balance. This isn't the change i signed up for. When will the bad news, questionable tactics and double-talk stop coming out of this administration...

    July 7, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. kyle from ohio

    Well Sentor; you must not be paying attention. Every time the president does something standard; the party of No has an objection,
    It is about time someone in the Dem party start acting like you were elected by the majority of people in the last election general election, quit being a wimp on everything, Son!!! or get out the way

    July 7, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. d

    And I'm sure he was sooo upset when GWB did exactly the same thing?

    July 7, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. JOhn

    Baucus is clearly an idiot. The "essential process" is broken by a partisan, hate filled Republican congress. How many times before he gets it? Save yourself some time fool, the answer is NO, it is all they have. The right thinks crippling the government is the best way to make it appear as inept and incompitant as it was under Republican control. They do not dare let this adminstration actually help the country. "That's not the role of government" as they see it. " If there's no money in it for them, then to hell with you little people" has always worked out for them.

    July 7, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. independent

    Max Baucus has a right to criticize President Obama's recess appointments because he also criticized those made by President Bush. Most of the other (GOP) critics do not have that right.

    July 7, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. kimberly

    he had NO choice! the republicans in congress said they would stall and block the nomination, so he said ENOUGH! I for one say good for him! Its about time! the republicans do NOT CARE ABOUT AMERICA, only getting him out and all their ignorant rednecks in! They have blocked everything that the man has done, and its UNREAL! I am SICK of the ignorance on the right, and I am glad the president has finally told them WHOS THE BOSS!

    July 7, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    jBaucus is a DINO! I'm glad the president did an end run around the obstructionist party of NO! if they don't want to participate in this government, they should all just resign and let the grown-ups govern!

    July 7, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Debbie

    Mr. Baucus, you as a democrat should know the the republicans was just coming to delay the process. When will you other democrats get some back-bone.
    Stop letting the republicans rule everything. This is why we're in this mess now! They stick together, when will you?

    July 7, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well can you blame the man? You pussy Democrats lose your cojones everytime the wind blows a little rough and you're NOT backing him up. The President, with MY full approval, should continue to do WHATEVER he needs to do in order to AT LEAST fill cabinet posts that have been languishing in freaking oblivion FOREVER!

    I wish to GOD he could utilize SIMILAR TACTICS to FINALLY bring about the full breadth of the change that he was voted in to bring. Yet YOU weaklings in the Senate, and the Retarded Rethuglicans are continuously, and ridiculously either hiding behind the curtain or just obstructing for obstruction sake.

    Let the President preside, and you worry about your own job!

    July 7, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Kitty

    Sen. Baucus, did you get the republicans permission to say this?

    July 7, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. steven harnack

    President Bush made 171 recess appointments. Look it up!

    July 7, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Chris (Sacramento CA)

    Hey liberals, a democrat who is criticizing Obama for being stupid. The end is near and I cant wait. Republicans will take back the House in 2010!

    July 7, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Baucaus is a spineless chump. He is the reason the Healthcare Bill stalled and the Public Option failed. All he knows how to do is take $ from Heathcare Lobbyists and surrender to the Republican Senators before the negotiations even started. Quit capitulating and grow a spine.

    July 7, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. one voice

    Baucus is a right leaning Democrat and needs to be kicked to the curb. This CLOWN must have been approached by the CORPORATE DRIVEN LOBBIEST with an UNDER THE TABLE MILLION DOLLAR ENVELOPE

    July 7, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. p peterson

    yet another re-distributoin proponent in the obama admin. bye bye job creation, hello welfare state...

    July 7, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. mike

    lets go thru the process and it will be another long, long,long,long,long
    time before something will happen if at all and if all else fails then we
    do are all time favorite the filibuster its not about getting anything done
    its is about not doing anything at all and then we can stall healthcare
    before the american voter gets use to it an then we will never be able
    to get rid of it just like Social Security

    July 7, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. one voice

    This is the same CLOWN that watered down the health care reform bill so bad it benefited his corporate masters. Just another GOP CROOK dressed in Democratic clothing.

    July 7, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. KPATL

    It should be clear to everyone that Obama is tearing this country and our consitution apart. This is just the latest of power grabs by this bafoon.

    July 7, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Becky

    Senator, were you "troubled" when Bush made recess appointments?

    July 7, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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