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Jordan Decries Obama’s Questionable Recess Appointment

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Washington, Jan 4, 2012 | comments
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan released the following statement after President Obama gave a recess appointment to Richard Cordray, despite the fact that the Senate met yesterday.

“Both the Clinton and Obama administrations have acknowledged that recess appointments are not allowed if Congress has met in the last three days. The House and Senate both met yesterday.”

"This questionable appointment does not give Richard Cordray any legitimate legal authority to run a federal agency. I fully expect the courts to overturn this unprecedented power grab."

According to Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution, the House and Senate cannot adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other chamber. Because neither chamber passed an adjournment resolution in December, both have held pro-forma meetings every three days since before Christmas.

Democrats regularly kept the Senate in pro-forma session during the Bush administration to prevent the president from making recess appointments.
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