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Court Curbs Presidential Recess Appointments

June 26, 2014

Associated Press

President Obama (file photo)
President Obama (file photo)

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs.

The court said Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.

The justices said in their first-ever consideration of the Constitution's recess appointments clause that Congress gets to decide when it is in recess and that there was no recess when Obama acted. The president said he made the appointments in the face of Republican refusal to allow the NLRB to function.

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Original headline: Supreme Court limits president's power to fill high-level posts temporarily


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