he US Supreme Court today limited a president’s power to make recess appointments when the White House and the Senate are controlled by opposite parties, scaling back a presidential authority as old as the republic.
Since this is from NBC, it is, of course, a lie.
The Court has not “scaled back” a president’s authority (as old as the Republic!) to make recess appointments. They have merely removed Obama’s attempt to grab power from the Congress by returning the situation to its previous status (as old as the Republic!), to wit: It is the Congress that is constitutionally mandated to determine whether it is in session or not, not the President.
Had Obama’s power grab been allowed to stand, then the whole recess appointment clause would have become meaningless, because Presidents could have used it to make “recess appointments” even if the Congress only recesssed for five minute to eat lunch.
It’s too bad it took a SCOTUS decision to slap down Barack Obama. I would much have referred that Congress had impeached and convicted him when he first started pulling this crap.