From U.S. Senator Mark Kirk -
WASHINGTON - United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today released the following statement after President Obama made a series of appointments for positions on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming them to be "recess" appointments even when the Senate is not in recess.
On the Cordray nomination to the Bureau:
"The claimed appointment of Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB is a violation of the Constitution because it is a "recess" appointment without a Congressional recess. Also, unlike the SEC or CFTC, the Bureau and its Director are not accountable to the elected representatives of the American people or a strong board to oversee decisions. No federal agency or bureaucrat should be that unaccountable.
"The Dodd-Frank Act mandated that the Bureau's Director be appointed with the consent of the Senate. The vote on the confirmation of the Director failed -- therefore the conditions of the Constitution were not met."
On the National Labor Relations Board nominations:
"In another abuse of power, the President appointed three 'big labor,' union-controlled members to the Board without the consent of the elected representatives of the American people. I am concerned that under orders from 'big labor' bosses, the Board will now take away the rights of Americans to secret ballots in union elections.
"Unless the President finds other ways to violate the Constitution, these appointments will last less than 12 months -- much of which will be spent in needless litigation over these violations of the Constitution."