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  •  Some perspective on Obama recess appointments from (1+ / 0-)
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    Mother Jones:

    According to reports from the Congressional Research Service, during their time in office President Ronald Reagan made 240 recess appointments, President George H. W. Bush made 77 recess appointments, President Bill Clinton made 140 recess appointments, and George W. Bush made 171. Obama's first term has seen a paltry 28. In this context, Obama's move seems less like a power grab and more like the proverbial 98-pound weakling taking a second to wipe the sand out of his eyes.
    •  There is a difference though (5+ / 0-)

      Obama technically is not making a recess appointment since the Senate is in pro forma session.  That is why this move is bold.  Bush never made another recess appointment after the Democrats went into pro forma session in the November 2007 recess and continued them throughout every subsequent recess.  

      What Obama is doing is saying I don't consider a pro forma session as the Senate really being in session so here are my recess appointments.  Not only is he appointing he is basically voiding Senate rules.    

      Really I would hope a political publication like Mother Jones would do more research and understand how unprecedented of a move this is.  

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