Senate Republicans did a victory lap Thursday after the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and also took a shot at Democrats, saying they “should be embarrassed” by letting Obama trample over their constitutional authority.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the ruling was a “rebuke” of the Obama administration.
“The president made an unprecedented power grab by placing political allies at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was meeting regularly and without even bothering to wait for its advice and consent,” McConnell said in a statement. “A unanimous Supreme Court has rejected this brazen power-grab.
“All Americans should be grateful for the Court’s rebuke of the administration — and the Democratic majority in the Senate should be embarrassed by its failure, yet again, to stand up to the president and to defend the Senate’s uniquely important role under our Constitution.”
House Republicans also cheered the ruling.
“For more than two years, workers, employers, and unions have lived under a cloud of uncertainty because of the president’s unconstitutional appointments to the board,” House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) said in a joint statement with labor subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.). “The president’s unprecedented action was one of many intended to further his own partisan agenda by circumventing the Constitution and side-stepping Congress. Thankfully the Supreme Court has helped rein in his abuse of power and restored some checks and balances to our system of government.”
Via The Hill