Up until this past Friday, the U.S. Senate has had the duty to confirm presidential appointments to key government positions including federal judges and key positions of federal departments. Just last year we watched as the Senate held their confirmation hearings on Obama’s appointment of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, and for many of us, our hearts sank when the Senate voted to confirm her appointment.
In 2011, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate that would exempt many presidential appointments from needing Senate approval. To no one’s surprise, the bill easily passed the Senate and was sent to the House where one would have expected it to be readily defeated. However, in one of the rare times the Republicans worked with the Democrats, the House passed the bill last month by a 261-116 vote.
On Friday, President Obama signed the bill into law. Barack Obama and every president that follows him will now be able to make appointments of key staff of departments including Treasury, Education, NOAA and Homeland Security without Senate approval. In other words, it will make it that much easier for a sitting president to stack the deck with his minions without having to worry about whether or not the Senate will approve them.
Obama has already given himself way too much power through his numerous executive orders. The last thing we need is for Congress, especially a Republican controlled House, to give him more power. Family Research Council’s Senior Vice President Thomas McClusky, agrees with the dangers of giving this kind of power to the president, saying:
“The United States Constitution does not bestow kingly powers on the President to appoint the senior officers of the government with no process.”
Read More at godfatherpolitics.com. By Giacomo.
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