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Paul Joins Lawsuit Against Obama’s Recess Appointments

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced he is filed a brief to join a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s recess appointments.

In December, the president sidestepped the Senate by naming three new members to the National Labor Relations Board and installing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Constitution allows the president to “fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate” which most scholars believe helps the continuity of the federal government by temporarily filling positions.

But the National Right to Work Foundation, the National Federation of Independent Business and other business groups have filed suit, claiming Mr. Obama violated the law.

Paul says the president has disregarded the separation of powers and condemned what he called Mr.Obama’s “unconstitutional usurpation of power.”

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Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., also blasted the president for bypassing Congress and invoking recess appointments.

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Guthrie: Obama Violated Constitution With Recess Appointments

Joining Republican presidential candidates and other GOP lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., blasted President Barack Obama for bypassing Congress and invoking recess appointments earlier this week.

The president sidestepped the Senate by naming three new members to the National Labor Relations Board and installing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The White House claims Senate Republicans were dawdling the nominees for key oversight panels, but critics have ripped the unilateral decision as dubious because the Senate is in “pro forma session” and technically not in recess.

Guthrie says the appointments are unconstitutional and has solicited feedback from constituents via Facebook and Twitter.

“I believe President Obama violated the Constitution with “recess” appointments made when the Senate was not in recess. His unprecedented attempt to ignore the Constitution and usurp authority from the legislative branch has even been questioned by his own justice department,” he says.