U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement in response to the federal appeals court ruling today that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he made "recess appointments" last year while the Senate was still in pro forma session:
"The Senate decides when the Senate is in session -- not President Obama. By using this recess appointment to circumvent Congress, the president attempted to circumvent the U.S. Senate's constitutional responsibilities. I'm pleased the court has upheld the separation of powers."
In September 2012, Blunt joined 41 of his Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief in a challenge (Noel Canning v. NLRB) to the constitutionality of President Obama's so-called "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board.