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Rep. Sanford Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Case Challenging Obama Recess Appointments


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case on the constitutionality of appointments President Obama made to federal agencies--specifically the National Labor Relations Board--without Senate approval during the 2011-2012 winter recess.

"I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to take up the constitutionality of the President's recess appointments. I believe the President's decision to appoint five individuals to political posts without the advice and consent of the Senate was an overstep of his executive authority. It is important that both the legislative and judicial branches provide a check on what is turning into a pattern of overreach by this Administration. Our founders created a three-branch government in order to avoid a tyrannical executive. It's my opinion that Americans should not share that same fear today."

"The National Labor Relations Board continues to seek control over private business activities. The Lowcountry has had a front row seat to the Board's endeavors to take jobs away from our part of the country when they challenged Boeing's relocation. Now two of the five members of this unelected board do not even have Senate approval. At one point there were three, but one member resigned. It's troubling to me that a federal entity that is partially insulated from our federal appointments process--and public input--would continue to hold so much authority over American businesses."

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