Today U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and 38 of his colleagues announced their intention to file an amicus brief and join a court challenge to President Obama's recent unconstitutional "recess' appointments of individuals to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Sen. Cornyn released the following statement along with a letter announcing the Senators' intent:
"American democracy was born out of a rejection of the monarchies of Western Europe, anchored by limited government and separation of powers. We refuse to stand by as this President arrogantly casts aside our Constitution and defies the will of the American people under the election-year guise of defending them."
Below and attached is the letter signed by 39 Republican Senators:
February 3, 2012
We the undersigned believe that President Obama's January 4, 2012 recess appointments of individuals to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and National Labor Relations Board were unprecedented and unconstitutional. We intend jointly to file an amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of President Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Sen. Cornyn was joined by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR) Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Bob Corker (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mike Lee (R-UT), Richard Lugar (R-IN), John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Thune (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and David Vitter (R-LA).