A few weeks ago President Obama made four recess appointments while the Senate was still in pro forma session. This unconstitutional act by the president prompted me to take action and contact Congressman Berg. You can read the letter I sent him here>> Today I receive his reply to my letter. Below is his reply in its entirety. Please take a few moments to read it.
Thank you or contacting me about the President Obama’s recent appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.
Like you, I was dismayed by the President’s shameless disregard for historical precedent when he appointed Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau along with three new members to the National Labor Relations Board on January 4, 2012. Precedent calls for the House and Senate to be out of session for at least three days in order for a recess appointment to be made, however, the Senate was in pro forma session on January 3, 2012.
These appointments represent an extreme abuse of the President’s power. Instead of moving towards accountability, the President took the unprecedented step of making these appointments when the Senate was not officially in recess and when the Senate had previously rejected the nomination of Mr. Cordray. The appointments made by the President Obama were clearly an attempt to override the judgment of the Senate and evade its constitutional role in the appointment process.
You may be interested to know that I joined more than 60 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the President expressing my disapproval of the dangerous precedent he established, threatening the confirmation process and our systems of checks and balances embedded in the Constitution. Furthermore, I have also cosponsored H. Res 509 a resolution along with more than 70 of my colleagues that would disapprove of the president’s actions and would express the sense of the House that the president misused his authority in making the four recent recess appointments.
Rest assured I share your concerns and as the 112th Congress approaches the start of the 2nd session, I will continue to monitor this situation very carefully.
Again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. It is an honor to represent North Dakota in Congress, and I never forget that I work for you and the people of our great state. If you have any additional thoughts or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at my Fargo, Bismarck, or Washington D.C. office.
Member of Congress
I understand that this reply was more than likely written by one of his a staffers, however it doesn’t matter to me. Reestablishing our Constitution as the law of the land should be a top priority for all liberty loving people and it must start now. We have a responsibility to stand up and defend our Constitution against those who would undermine it. If it means writing a 1,000 like letters to my representative when the President or congress violates it, then so be it. Liberty and freedom is worth fighting for. Let me know your thoughts.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!