Richard Cordray: Is Obama’s recess appointment consistent with past presidential practices? – Slate Magazine

Richard Cordray: Is Obama’s recess appointment consistent with past presidential practices? – Slate Magazine.

Sneaking By the Senate

When did presidents start using recess appointments to bypass advice and consent?

President Obama used his recess appointment power to make Richard Cordray head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday, after Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote on the matter. When did presidents start using the recess appointment power to install people they knew the Senate would reject?

More than two centuries ago.

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The authority to make recess appointments, and controversies surrounding it, are nearly as old as the United States itself. During the debates over constitutional ratification, anti-federalists argued that it gave the president monarchical powers. George Washington made several recess appointments without major uproar during the very first Senate recess in 1789, but even the esteemed first president soon ran into trouble.

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