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Will Chuck Schumer Condemn Obama's Recess Appointments?

by on March 28, 2010

Okay, we all know he won’t, but our senior Senator was highly critical of recess appointments when President George W. Bush made such an appointment to put William Pryor on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004,  Schumer’s had the  following reaction:

“The president is on shaky ground with the hard right and is using this questionably legal and politically shabby technique to bolster himself. Regularly circumventing the advise and consent process is not the way to change the tone in Washington. The only solace we have is that Mr. Pryor will be off the bench in 10 months.”

One of the 15 recess appointments made by Obama was that of Craig Becker, the highly controversial nominee to the National Labor Relations Board. We know that Schumer won’t condemn Obama’s “questionably legal and politically shabby technique” because Schumer has previous stated that Obama would have little choice but to make the recess appointment.

If appointments are blocked by filibuster, Mr. Obama has little choice “but to make a recess appointment,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team.

So, how does this fit with his past statement that “circumventing the advise and consent process is not the way to change the tone in Washington,” something Obama claimed was his purpose? The only thing Obama has succeeded in changing the tone of Washington is by making it more partisan than it ever was.

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3 Comments
  1. Obama is an ideologue, Schumer’s support must be seen in this light…

  2. Chris permalink

    Suddenly conservatives are bothered by recess appointments? Its hillarious how their opinion changes depending on who is pres.

  3. Suddenly liberals are not bothered by recess appointments? It’s hillarious how their opinion changes depending on who is pres.

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