Court: Obama's Appointments Violated Constitution
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A spokesman says the White House strongly disagrees with today's ruling from a federal appeals court, which said President Barack Obama violated the Constitution in making some recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board.
The court said the president can only fill vacancies using the recess appointment procedure if the openings arise when the Senate is in an official recess. And it defined that recess as the once-a-year break between sessions of Congress.
If today's decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of decisions by the labor board that were made over the past year.