ALG’s Wilson demands Senate not confirm any appointees due to Obama power grab

Jan. 31, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson joined 53 other organizational leaders in a letter urging Senators to “use your standing as members of the Senate to prevent the consideration and approval of any further nominations unless and until President Obama secures the resignations of the individuals he unconstitutionally appointed earlier this month.”

The uproar is over Obama’s unprecedented power grab in placing three appointees to the National Labor Relations Board and putting the Executive Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into office sidestepping constitutional requirements that these individuals be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Wilson has been an outspoken critic of the extraconstitutional appointments calling them, “a breach of the most fundamental protections our nation has from the presidency becoming a monarchy, the separation of powers and advice and consent process.”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appointee Richard Cordray, has been hotly debated in the Senate with Senators demanding reforms to the all encompassing powers given the position under the law passed in the Reid-Pelosi Congress.

“It is incredible that Obama would destroy more than 200 years of U.S. history and precedent to dictate his appointees. Cordray’s nomination was in trouble due to the extreme powers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was granted. The CFPB threatens to become a rogue agency operating outside of congressional or even executive branch oversight and needs to be reined in before it can damage our freedoms.”

Ironically, the three National Labor Relations Board ‘appointees’ never were even submitted to the Senate, as the Obama Administration let the Board slip into not having a quorum.

Wilson concluded, “The fact that Obama completely disregarded even giving lip service to the constitutional requirements for Senate approval of the NLRB nominees shows his complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution. It is the Senate’s duty to not approve a single additional appointee until Cordray and the three NLRB appointees resign, get reappointed and face the Senate confirmation process. Any other action by the Senate is nothing more than acquiescence to the shredding of our founding document.”

The letter was delivered to Senate offices on the morning of January 31.


Letter to the Senate, Jan. 30, 2012 at

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