Obama has been criticized for circumventing the traditional appointment process of submitting names for a House and Senate vote, although his defenders state that due to Senate and House pushback [JURIST op-ed], he has been left with no other options. In January Obama made a number of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and was met with a constitutional challenge from business organizations [JURIST reports]. JURIST guest columnists have argued both sides of the issue, with James Kennedy, formerly of the NLRB arguing they were constitutional and Glenn Taubman of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation arguing that they were unconstitutional [JURIST comments].
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