Obama Signs Bill Exempting Presidential Appointees From Senate Confirmation...

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    Just one more reason for Americans to lose faith in our Government. This was a Bipartisan-sponsored Bill. Nah, they don't all play on the same team. No way. What's happening to our Nation?


    President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday evening that would exempt some senior-level presidential appointees from Senate confirmation.

    Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and cosponsored by Republicans and Democrats, the bill, now law, weakens the power of the legislature and strengthens the executive branch, critics have warned. The bill skated through the Senate three months after being introduced in 2011 and was passed by the Republican-controlled House 261-116 in July.

    The law now allows Obama and future presidents to name appointees to senior positions in every branch of the administration, from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security.

    Conservative critics worried that the bill restricts congressional authority to monitor executive branch decisions, but the measure received bipartisan support because of the gridlocked, slow-moving Senate, which is known for being the more deliberative of the two bodies of Congress.

    Whereas the House is a more populist body, the Senate grants more power to its fewer members. It only takes one senator to filibuster an appointee, forcing the majority party to find a “super majority” of 60 votes to end the filibuster and move ahead with an up-or-down vote.

    The law now sidesteps that process, with Congress willingly giving up oversight of these appointees.

    “The United States Constitution does not bestow kingly powers on the President to appoint the senior officers of the government with no process,” wrote Thomas McClusky, senior vice president for the Family Research Council’s legislative arm, in a memo to lawmakers last week...

    Read more: Law exempts presidential appointees from Senate confirmation | The Daily Caller
     
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    This thread has been done several times already. Obama signed a bill that congress sent him, that was passed by both dems and pubs.
     
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    Yes, that's what happened. And it's an awful disgrace.
     
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    Why did the Framers explicitly allow for this?
     
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    It's all just a rigged Shell Game. What a shame. 'Republican vs. Democrat?' Boy, Big Brother sure has duped the masses.
     
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    The problem is politicans have been abusing the confirmation process. If things were running like they were intended, I would be more upset about this shifting of power.
     
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    That doesn't make this necessary or right.
     
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    No theories on that from the "Constitutionalist"?
     
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    In what way has the the confirmation process been abused?
     
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    No theories on what? That Politician's have violated the Constitution, again? I don't recall anywhere in the Constitution where the people agreed to abdicate their responsibility to the President to just put any person he or she wished into postilion's of power without some electorate input to unelected officials.

    Why not just do away with the vote all together and let the ruling class rule?
     

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