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VIDEO: Obama 'Manifestly Wrong' on U.S. Constitution, Says Sen. Mike Lee
Posted By Rob Bluey On February 14, 2012 @ 4:21 am In Featured,Scribe | Comments Disabled
Few lawmakers have expressed as much outrage over President Obama’s unconstitutional “recess” appointments  as Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). He was among the first to warn about the consequences  of the president’s unilateral action on Jan. 4.
More than a month later, a new director is running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  and three members of National Labor Relations Board  are conducting business—all in blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution, Lee said in an interview with Heritage following a speech Monday.
“He’s reading the Constitution in a way that’s manifestly wrong,” Lee explained. “It’s contrary to the text. It’s contrary to tradition and practice, and it’s contrary to logic.”
Lee said the Constitution gives the president the ability to make recess appointments —but in this case the Senate wasn’t in recess. Just days before Obama made the appointments, for example, the Senate held a pro-forma session to pass the payroll tax cut extension .
“The president’s analysis doesn’t work,” Lee said. “It collapses under its own logic.”
In addition to his Heritage speech, Lee has testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee  and vowed to take other actions to oppose the appointments . And while it’s unclear if any of the individuals would be removed from office, Lee said he’ll continue to fight against executive branch overreach regardless of who is serving in the White House.
“This is not a partisan issue for me. I would be equally outraged if this were a Republican president doing this same thing,” Lee said. “Once this gains some momentum, this practice could be very destructive to the Senate’s prerogative of advice and consent. This is a power that doesn’t belong to the president. It belongs to the people of the United States of America.”
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URLs in this post:
 unconstitutional “recess” appointments: http://blog.heritage.org/tag/Richard-Cordray/
 warn about the consequences: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=8acabfd5-596a-4eac-9c38-0dba2aeba6da
 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: http://blog.heritage.org/tag/consumer-financial-protection-bureau/
 National Labor Relations Board: http://blog.heritage.org/tag/national-labor-relations-board/
 Constitution gives the president the ability to make recess appointments: http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/the-constitution-of-the-us
 pass the payroll tax cut extension: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-12-23/politics/politics_congress-payroll-tax-cut_1_short-term-extension-tax-holiday-house-gop-leaders?_s=PM:POLITICS
 testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: http://oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1574%3A2-1-12-qunchartered-territory-what-are-the-consequences-of-president-obamas-unprecedented-qrecessq-&catid=12&Itemid=20
 vowed to take other actions to oppose the appointments: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=2b6756ab-c3ed-46a1-8c74-dfe522082ff2
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