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Published: Monday, Jan. 13 2014 1:23 p.m. MST

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FT
salt lake city, UT

This is a really interesting case. Idealy, there would be no need for many "recess" appointments if the good, old boys could just get along. But with the political winds becoming so partisan and sharp it seems the SCOTUS needs to act like their mother and firmly remind them of the rules.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

"Obama's controversial recess appointments".
Ronald Reagan made 240 recess appointments vs less than 50 for President Obama so far. Limiting Obama also limits future Republican presidents. I wonder if Senate Republicans realize that...

Chilidog
Somewhere, IL

be careful what you wish for. this will come back to haunt the next Republican President.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

You can't really call it working if you only leave the lights on when you leave for "recess".

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The National Labor Relations Board is the entity that enforces our nation's labor laws. The Board has recently had three vacancies, meaning that they don't have enough members to form a quorum. Lacking a quorum, the board cannot operate at all. This situation suits Corporate America just fine. With no labor board, they can violate labor laws at will, and no one will hold them accountable for their law breaking.

It should be noted that the Republicans had no real objections to Obama's nominees for the positions, they were all well qualified. There only aim was to prevent the board from being able to enforce the law, which is what their Corporate donors desire.

If you be believe in original intent, explain to me how the founders intended the advice and consent of the senate to be used to prevent the government from enforcing laws that were enacted via constitutional processes.

the truth
Holladay, UT

The issue isn't the number of appointments.

The issue is appointing "recess" appoints while the senate was in technically in session and NOT in recess. Which would be an illegal act.

Also, this has nothing to do with the republican party,

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

"Also, this has nothing to do with the republican party,"

Of course, the Republicans have been paragons of civility, cooperation, and bipartisanship.

Thanks for the chuckle.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

This House of Representatives has been in recess for a year.... the playground kind of recess.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Again with the "But Bush did it first"... or "but Reagan did it first"... rational.

That didn't work when I was a kid. I don't know why these people think it would work now. We really need to grow up.

If it was wrong when Reagan or Bush did it... that doesn't make it OK for Obama to do it.
It's childish to think that pointing out that somebody else did it too... makes it all right.

It's either right or wrong... it doesn't depend on who did it first, or which party he was from.

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