WASHINGTON, D.C.–President Obama broke the law and went too far when he made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, while Congress was not in Washington, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Now your lawmakers are reacting.
The court ruled that the president sidestepped the Senate approval process when Obama made the three appointments in 2012.
“The President has often boasted about the use of his pen and his phone to sidestep Congress and push his agenda on the American people,” said Cong. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss. Dist. 4). “Today, the Supreme Court responded in a unanimous decision, reminding the President that even he is not above the law. The Courts have a crucial, constitutional role to play in putting checks and balances on this runaway Administration. That is why I believe the House of Representatives must continue to pursue options like the STOP Resolution.”
Palazzo is one of 119 cosponsors of House Resolution 442, the STOP Resolution, which would hold the Obama Administration accountable for a number of what the co-sponsors consider overreaching decisions and actions taken over the past year.
Rather than relying on action from the U.S. Senate, a majority of House members could pass the STOP Resolution and sue the President for overreaching executive actions.
House Speaker Jon Boehner told the media this week that he does plan to sue on behalf of the House.
Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means that several key NLRB decisions will have to be reconsidered by the current board that has been approved by Senate lawmakers.