ALG Urges Boehner to Block Obama Recess Appointments, Echoes Senate Republican Call

May 26, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued a statement urging House Speaker John Boehner to use his Article I, Section 5 powers to keep Congress in session to block recess appointments by Barack Obama:

“Barack Obama has demonstrated with the recess appointments of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board and Donald Berwick to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get his most radical nominees into the bureaucracy, even when they fail at Senate confirmation.

“There can be no more radical recess appointments allowed. Becker is committed to compulsory unionism, and now is proving that in his actions to block Boeing from setting up shop in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. And Berwick is dedicated to a government-run health care system that rations limited care in place of a private system that innovates and creates new cures and new medicines that everyone depends on.

“Senate Republicans are now urging House Speaker John Boehner to use his constitutional authority to keep Congress in session to prevent any more radical recess appointments from being made. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the same trick in 2007 and 2008 to keep the Senate in session, effectively blocking Bush Administration recess appointments. Now it is time for Republicans to return the favor.

“The last thing the American people want are extremists like Goodwin Liu, who is dedicated to reading welfare ‘rights’ into the Constitution, put on the federal bench via recess appointment. If recess appointments are the only way Obama can get these radicals appointed, then it is up to Speaker Boehner not to allow Congress to go into recess.”


“Republican Senators call on GOP House to block Obama recess appointments,” By Philip Klein, The Washington Examiner, May 25, 2011 at

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