White House Stands Down — No Recess App’ts While Congress Out

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing.

The White House has agreed not to issue recess appointments to any of President Barack Obama’s nominees between now and Sept. 10 while Congress is out of session, according to an aide to the Senate’s top Republican.

“They agreed not to recess appoint,” Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said today in an e-mail.

The Senate today canceled a series of planned pro forma sessions after the House adopted an adjournment resolution. House Democrats blocked the adjournment resolution last week to try to force action on a measure renewing farm programs and other legislation.

Without an adjournment resolution, both chambers must meet every few days in pro forma sessions. In the Senate, those sessions preclude Obama from making recess appointments.

Republicans protested in January when Obama issued recess appointments to three National Labor Relations Board nominees and to Richard Cordray, who he’d tapped to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by the Dodd-Frank legislation, while the Senate was in pro forma sessions.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker
Richard Rubin and Roger Runningen contributed to this post.


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