90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Thursday, January 5, 2012

When Is A Recess Appointment Not Really A Recess Appointment?

President Obama shakes hands with Richard Cordray at Shaker Heights High School, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Wednesday. (AP)

When is a recess appointment, not really a recess appointment? President Obama Wednesday appointed Richard Cordray as the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after Obama’s lawyers declared the Senate to be in recess.

But Republicans are crying foul. They say the Senate was actually in a pro-forma session, for a whole 40 seconds. No business takes place during pro forma sessions, which have been used for the express purpose of preventing recess appointments.

Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post writes that recess appointments are very common. Bill Clinton made 139 and George W. Bush made 171. At this point in his second term, Bush had made 61 appointments, compared to 32 for President Obama.

But Obama is the first President to make a recess appointment during a pro forma session. And business groups are now threatening legal actions to block the appointment.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

September 1 Comment

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

The city's major birthing hospitals have stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.