03.13.2012 0

No Senate cloture votes on judicial nominees until unconstitutional ‘recess’ appointments rescinded

Obama Signs an Executive OrderBy Bill Wilson — When the Obama Administration saw fit to make four unconstitutional ‘recess’ appointments when Congress was not even in any recess, Senate Republicans spoke out in protest, but have failed to do anything about it so far. Now, sensing weakness, Harry Reid is attempting to ram through a cloture package of 17 judicial nominees.

This is an opportunity for Republicans to stand strong. Not one of these nominees should be allowed to the floor for an up-or-down vote. Every single one of them should be filibustered — unless and until Obama rescinds his unconstitutional ‘recess’ appointments.

The Senate as an institution has thus far proven itself to be incredibly timid at defending its own constitutional interests. Sadly, because of its weakness, the Senate is setting us on a very slippery slope where the executive arbitrarily acts as he pleases without any basis in the rule of law. Leaders there have not even so much as filed suit in federal court to overturn this egregious power grab.

Since Senate Republicans have refused to defend the institution, Reid now thinks he can ram through 17 nominees all at once. It’s up to Senate Republicans to prove him wrong. Refuse to act on anything until these fake ‘recess’ appointments are out of office. It is time to stand up for the rule of law, before it is too late.

Bill Wilson is President of Americans for Limited Government. You can follow him on Twitter at @BillWilsonALG.

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