Statement by Rep. Jan Schakowsky on the Supreme Court’s Action to Restrict Recess Appointments

Washington, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—June 26, 2014. The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the President’s power to fill high-level vacancies with recess appointments.  The case, NLRB v. Noel Canning, challenged President Barack Obama’s appointment of commissioners to the National Labor Relations Board. Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement on the ruling:

“I am extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided to usurp the President’s power to fill high-level vacancies with recess appointments. This is an historic case and I do not believe President Barack Obama or any President should be limited in this way.

The President made the NLRB appointments because, as in so many instances over the past several years, Senate Republicans repeatedly used parliamentary procedures like the filibuster to block votes and to prevent the Senate majority from taking action.  The failure to have a functioning NLRB board means that working women and men have no place to turn to make sure that have the right to exercise their right to join a union and collective bargaining.  We cannot allow Republican obstructionism to prevent us from moving forward.

Our government should be able to operate for the betterment of the American people. Stripping the President of this ability is a detriment to the efficiency of our government.  Today’s decision to limit Presidential powers in this case could allow Congressional gridlock to continue – to the detriment of working families and our country.

Source: Schakowsky.house.gov