Up until this past Friday, the U.S. Senate has had the duty to confirm presidential appointments to key government positions including federal judges and key positions of federal departments. Just last year we watched as the Senate held their confirmation hearings on Obama’s appointment of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, and for many of us, our hearts sank when the Senate voted to confirm her appointment.
In 2011, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate that would exempt many presidential appointments from needing Senate approval. To no one’s surprise, the bill easily passed the Senate and was sent to the House where one would have expected it to be readily defeated. However, in one of the rare times the Republicans worked with the Democrats, the House passed the bill last month by a 261-116 vote.
On Friday, President Obama signed the bill into law. Barack Obama and every president that follows him will now be able to make appointments of key staff of departments including Treasury, Education, NOAA and Homeland Security without Senate approval. In other words, it will make it that much easier for a sitting president to stack the deck with his minions without having to worry about whether or not the Senate will approve them.
Obama has already given himself way too much power through his numerous executive orders. The last thing we need is for Congress, especially a Republican controlled House, to give him more power. Family Research Council’s Senior Vice President Thomas McClusky, agrees with the dangers of giving this kind of power to the president, saying:
“The United States Constitution does not bestow kingly powers on the President to appoint the senior officers of the government with no process.”
If Obama gets re-elected in November, you can believe that he will use every inch of this new law to load every government position he can with his socialist comrades. If Mitt Romney wins, the same bill could be just as abused to load the government with fiscal conservatives which could be the best thing to happen to this country. This bill can be extremely dangerous in the hands of the wrong president and very beneficial in the hands of the right president.
Personally, I don’t want to take the chance by giving any more power to any president no matter how good or how bad he may be. And I’m extremely troubled that House Republicans did what they did. It would be worth finding out which ones voted for the measure and determine if they are worth keeping in office or should be replaced with more conservative and responsible men and women.