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

(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.

President Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio.
President Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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