Obama's Sham Constitutionalism
President Obama's appointment of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is not only unconstitutional, but legally futile under the Dodd-Frank Act, which explicitly requires Senate confirmation as a matter of statute. Roger Pilon discusses Cordray and Obama's other "recess appointments" in an op-ed for the Daily Caller:
Senate confirmation is one of the basic constitutional checks on unbridled executive power. Far from the Senate, "through form, rendering a constitutional power of the executive obsolete," as Kathryn Ruemmler, Obama's White House counsel said yesterday, these "pro forma" sessions are securing the Senate's advice-and-consent power, which Congress's Article I, Section 5 adjournment power should otherwise be sufficient to do. But the Cordray appointment raises statutory problems as well, because the language of Dodd-Frank is clear: "The Secretary is authorized to perform the functions of the Bureau under this subtitle until the Director of the Bureau is confirmed by the Senate in accordance with section 1011." Cordray has not been "confirmed by the Senate." Therefore, he has no authority "to perform the functions of the Bureau under this subtitle."
Pilon is vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute.
Gene Healy also discusses the president's abuse of executive power in his column at the Washington Examiner, "Will Congress Stop King Barack the First?"
Rodrigo González Fernández
Diplomado en "Responsabilidad Social Empresarial" de la ONU
Diplomado en "Gestión del Conocimiento" de la ONU
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