Recess Appointments, Oh My!

Actually a rather balanced, non BDS story from the AP. Editors must be on vacation

WASHINGTON – President Bush’s decision to bypass the Senate in filling posts at the State Department, Federal Election Commission and National Labor Relations Board drew protests Thursday from lawmakers and advocacy groups.

Under the Constitution, the president may avoid the Senate confirmation process and make appointments while the chamber is in recess. Such appointments usually are short-term, expiring at the end of next congressional session.

But because the Senate held a pro forma session Tuesday and then adjourned, the White House contends the second session of the 109th Congress has begun. Therefore, the White House believes Bush’s nearly 20 recess appointments are valid until the following session, which won’t conclude until the end of 2007.

So, all legal.

However, Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., said the regular confirmation process should be used so the Senate can be assured that nominees are qualified.


Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., protested Hans von Spakovsky’s appointment to the FEC. Kennedy said von Spakovsky, a Justice Department lawyer who was Republican Party chairman in Fulton County, Ga., worked toward requiring Georgia voters to have a photo identification — a requirement critics said would harm black voters.

So Blacks cannot get photo identification, Ted? Not aware of any law that restricts them from getting one. Heck, I got a Florida State ID using my hotel room address to get in the bars in Daytona with no cover charges. Certainly people, blacks, can get an ID. Unless Ted plans to stop them. Just when you thought he couldn’t say anything dumber then before.

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