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. Joe M.

    What else would you expect from an Administration that ignores every other part of the Constitution, let alone checks and balances.

    July 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Vic of New York

    Max Baucus is no Democrat.
    Eat zits, you TEA Party sympathizer!

    July 7, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. stevegee

    The audacity and arrogance of this administration knows no bounds ... Since day one Obama has ignored the Constitution in his quest to "change" our country into a Socialist nightmare.

    Wake up people! In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    July 7, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Shucks

    The republicans have been blocking nominations and appointees for the last 2 years. And their explanation? They have none except for their initial objective was to make this administration fail in every way they could possibly manipulate. What a bunch of loony creeps.

    July 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. nowheretorun

    ahhh, some more of that change we can believe in

    July 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Florida Joe

    Max, sometimes I wonder about you. If the President waited for the process nothing would happen. The Repubs are proven obstructionists and come to think of after your performance during the health care debate and treatment of those that wanted a public option (jail) I think that you are thinking too much like a Repub and that should concern your constituents.

    July 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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