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. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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