Washington, DC (Fri, Jan 25) – Three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made by President Obama in 2012 have been declared as “Violation of Constitution” by a federal appeals court in Washington.
|National Labor Relations Board's appointments by President Obama are unconstitutional: Ruled by U.S. Court of Appeals|
According to details; President Obama sidestepped the Senate to fill open spots on NLRB by appointing Deputy Labor Secretary Sharon Block, union lawyer Richard Griffin and NLRB counsel Terence Flynn to fill vacancies on the Board on January 4 last year. Recess appointments have a shelf-life of two years.
FOX News reported that Obama administration’s lawyers disagree with the ruling commented that President had the authority because the Senate was in recess; while the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled otherwise because the Senate was officially in session — and not in recess — at the time.
The case is a test of the White House’s authority to bypass Congress’ power to block nominations and if the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of decisions made by NLRB since the appointments were made.
White House attorneys are expected to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court but the White House had no immediate comments over the ruling.
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