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Decrees Senate’s ‘pro forma’ sessions to be the same as a recess

White House Communications Director Daniel Pfeiffer, writing on the White House blog Wednesday said that President Barack H. Obama Jr., made his recess appointment of Richard Cordray to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because the nation could no longer wait.

“Here are the facts: The Constitution gives the President the authority to make temporary recess appointments to fill vacant positions when the Senate is in recess, a power all recent Presidents have exercised,” he said.

“The Senate has effectively been in recess for weeks, and is expected to remain in recess for weeks. In an overt attempt to prevent the President from exercising his authority during this period, Republican senators insisted on using a gimmick called “pro forma” sessions, which are sessions during which no Senate business is conducted and instead one or two Senators simply gavel in and out of session in a matter of seconds,” he said.

“But gimmicks do not override the President’s constitutional authority to make appointments to keep the government running,” the communications director said.

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: neilwmccabe@gmail.com Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.

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