Before his trip to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama made 15 recess appointments. One of the controversial appointments involves union lawyer Craig Becker. Republicans had already blocked Becker’s appointment, believing he would bring a radical pro-union viewpoint to the National Labor Relations Board.
In a statement, Obama said “I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.” However, these appointments are a display of his own partisan politics. All 41 Senate Republicans wrote to Obama, asking him not to use the recess appointment with Becker.
While presidents have used the recess appointment in the past, including George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Obama’s timing is called into question. Not a single Republican in the House of Representatives voted for the Health Care Bill. While Obama rails against partisan politics, he forgets that he is a transgressor. Republicans will be forced to react in a more partisan manner as Obama pulls out every trick in the book to get his way.
Posted on March 29, 2010, in Newspaper & Journal Articles, Politics & The Economy and tagged barack obama, Bill Clinton, craig becker, Democrats, George W. Bush, health care, health care reform, obama, President Obama, Recess Appointments, Republicans. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.