Its a start

In a case freighted with major constitutional implications, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned President Obama’s controversial recess appointments from last year, ruling he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess.

The three-judge panel’s ruling is a major blow to Mr. Obama. The judges ruled that the appointments Mr. Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board are illegal, and the board no longer has a quorum to operate.

But the ruling has even broader constitutional significance, with the judges arguing that the president’s recess appointment powers don’t apply to “intrasession” appointments — those made when Congress has left town for a few days or weeks.

The judges signaled the power only applies after Congress has adjourned sine die, which is a legislative term of art that signals the end to a long work period. In modern times, it means the president could only use his powers when Congress quits business at the end of a year.

It is a step in the right direction; a clear, simple, realistic reading of what powers are authorized by the Constitution.

If I was Obama, I wouldn’t put good odds on the Supreme Court hearing this case.

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One Response to this post.

  1. Posted by RabidAlien on 25.01.13 at 11:09 AM

    I think the next case involving the Prez that the Supreme Court hears should involve the words “treason” and “impeachment”. And just to be fair, impartial, non-racist and unbiased, throw his entire cabinet up there with him. Cuz there’s not a single one of them I would feel comfortable taking over after he’s locked up.

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