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President Obama’s Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

President Obama’s Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

Cordially Invites You

President Obama’s

Unconstitutional “Recess” Appointments

Featuring Remarks by

The Honorable Mike Lee (R-UT)

Member, United States Senate

And a Panel Discussion with

Brian Darling

Senior Fellow for Government Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Tom Fitton

President, Judicial Watch

Todd Gaziano

Director, Center for Legal & Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Lachlan Markay

Investigative Reporter, The Heritage Foundation


The President’s unconstitutional appointments of one member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were undemocratic and offensive to the plain language of the Constitution.  In circumventing the Senate’s Article II, Sec. 2 “Advise and Consent” function, the President has invited remedies varying from an aggressive use of the filibuster, vigorous oversight hearings, conditioning legislation on the removal of these individuals and eventual court challenges.  The President has justified his decision by arguing that he has the power to declare when the Senate is really in recess and he can even negate the House’s reserved power not to consent to a lengthy Senate recess.  Join us as we examine the implications of President’s power grab, the logical results if future presidents followed suit, and the remedies that lie with Congress to restore the proper separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government.


Monday, February 13, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.


The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium


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