In total disregard of the Constitution and after the Democrat-controlled Senate voted down Richard Cordray's nomination, the President has recess appointed Mr. Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03), who has led the House efforts to block President Obama from making recess appointments, is fighting back.
"The Constitution is clear: the President can appoint officials "with the Advice and Consent of the Senate.' Since the Senate has advised the President against making Cordray's nomination and has not given its consent on his appointment and with the House meeting just yesterday to keep Congress in session, the President's appointment of Cordray can only be considered an abuse of the recess appointment process," declared Landry. "I will not stand for this violation of our Constitution and will be introducing legislation to prevent Cordray's appointment from going forward until the court rejects his appointment on its unconstitutionality."
Landry -- who has organized pro forma sessions in the House since June and who offered and passed an amendment defunding the salaries of recess appointees at the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Land Management -- finds it no coincidence that the President's appointment was to the CFPB.
"A Dodd-Frank created government agency, the CFPB will have almost unlimited power to regulate almost all financial transactions and its director will not answer to Congress or even the President -- giving him more power than any other Obama Czar. Given the President's desire to control every facet of American's lives, I am not surprised he would violate the Constitution to make an appointment to this big government institution" said Landry.