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.