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Obama recess appointments ruled unconstitutional

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Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Updated: 1/25/2013 10:30 am Published: 1/25/2013 10:29 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit says Obama did not have the power to make recess appointments earlier this year to the National Labor Relations Board.

Obama claims he acted properly because the Senate was away for the holidays. But the court says the Senate technically stayed in session when lawmakers gaveled in and out every few days for so-called "pro forma" sessions.

GOP lawmakers used the tactic specifically to prevent Obama from using his recess power to fill vacancies in an agency they claimed was too pro-union.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

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aleman - 1/25/2013 2:33 PM
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Dracula does whatever he wants and with the medias blessing,four years from now this country will be unrecognizable

kindagreywolf - 1/25/2013 2:17 PM
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Technically = Loophole.We need to stop making new laws and rewrite old ones so this doesn't happen.

watergirl - 1/25/2013 1:46 PM
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Sorry for the rant, you are right. We all know how he is and nobody wants to keep hearing it. I am sick and tired of it too. I can't even stand to look at him.

cattleokie - 1/25/2013 12:48 PM
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He has broken the law so many times, but they will NEVER do anything to him because he is BLACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So quite telling us about his WRONG DOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so sick & tired of it!!!!!!!!!!!

watergirl - 1/25/2013 12:23 PM
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Our president just gave 16 - F16 fighter jets and 200 Abram tanks to the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt. Do you really think he cares about the rules of our Congress or Senate? Or that pesky little thing called the Constitution?

GodsGutterPunk - 1/25/2013 11:52 AM
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come on they're just mad cause he taxed rich ppl, now they gota punch him in the eye, but if it's unconstitutional, then if I were him I'd fire the guy that suggested the action ,

USEagle - 1/25/2013 10:43 AM
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No! Really???? Obummer doing something un-Constitutional!!! What a surprise! NOT!!!!!!!
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