Obama Defies Congress With More Recess Appointments
He picks three for National Labor Relations Board
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2012 3:17 PM CST
President Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – President Obama isn't winning much love among his political enemies on Capitol Hill today. Hours after making a controversial recess appointment to lead the new consumer protection agency, the president announced three more—this time to the National Labor Relations Board. The move will please the president's pro-union allies and irritate Senate Republicans who were likely to filibuster the nominees, reports the Hill.

The appointments—a way for Obama to bypass out-of-town lawmakers—will allow the NLRB to fully function. It currently lacks a three-member quorum necessary to rule on disputes between employers and employees and to create new regulations, explains the Wall Street Journal. Republicans and their business allies say the agency has a pro-union agenda. Two of the appointees were Democrats and one was Republican.

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Jan 11, 2012 7:36 AM CST
Hail to the Chief! Keep up the good fight, The opposition will never fight this legally they would be to embarrassed . Shout out these appointments loud and clear so everyone across this nation hears them.
Jan 5, 2012 3:50 PM CST
Clinton made 139 recess appointments.Bush made 171 recess appointments.Obama has made 28 recess appointments. Come on Mr. President and catch up!!!
Jan 5, 2012 3:42 PM CST
Hhmmmm...Obama hits his 21st recess appointment....W had 78 Recess appointments in his first 4 years....Appears Mr. Obama better hurry up if he has any chance to catch the number of Recess Appointments posted by W.