Politics has become very, very petty.
It’s a well known fact that very few of President Obama’s administrative slots have been filled in comparison to most presidents. A rabidly partisan Congress has made it almost completely impossible for the president to get any appointments approved, and he has been forced to wait until Congress is on recess in order to push through the few that he has been able to get done.
Now, the Republicans have chosen to not recess for Memorial Day Weekend in order to block the President from appointing Elizabeth Warren as the head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Via Roll Call:
Sen. Jim DeMint, who is part of the GOP movement to block recess appointments, applauded the decision not to vote to adjourn.
“President Obama has been packing federal agencies with left-wing ideologues, but thankfully he won’t be able to for at least the next week,” the South Carolina Republican said in a statement. “The House will not be sending an adjournment resolution to the Senate, we will remain in pro forma session, and no controversial nominees will be allowed to circumvent the confirmation process during the break.”
Much like how the Republicans have been “filibustering” bills by refusing to let them be voted on without a full 60 member super-majority, but not doing all of the real filibustering work that is traditionally required, the GOP still fully plans to go on vacation and not stick around and do any actual work until June 6th — they just did a procedural move to ensure that they can both not work and continue blocking appointments.
In two terms, President George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments. In his first two years in office, Obama has made only 28.