Written by Marian Wang, ProPublica
A move by President Obama this week to proceed with a handful of recess appointments has top GOP leaders crying foul, complaining that the move is questionably legal because it ignores a clever procedural technicality used by Republicans to prevent such appointments.
But if the White House feels confident enough in the legality of its actions and has chosen to brave the political criticism and risk legal challenges, it’s worth noting that it’s only done so with four appointments. According to the White House, more than 180 nominees are currently pending before the Senate. And Ezra Klein, writing for the Washington Post,notes that there are empty seats on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors and at key banking regulators.