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Almost Half of House Republicans Vote to Empower Obama Czars

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

Last year, the Senate passed a preposterous bill sponsored by Chuck Schumer, which would eliminate the Senate confirmation requirement for hundreds of executive appointees.  S.679, the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act, would eliminate the confirmation requirement for 200 presidential appointees.  This bill would completely abrogate the safeguards against tyranny that were established in the “Appointments Clause” of the constitution.  More than half of Senate Republicans supported it.

On Tuesday, the House inexplicably took up the bill through suspension, a fast-track procedure that is usually reserved for non-controversial bills.  Not only is this bill controversial, it should never have been brought to the floor in a Republican-controlled House.  Besides, who would think that such a radical proposal would win a 2/3ds vote threshold when Republicans enjoy a 50-seat majority?

Well, 98 Republicans caved, allowing the bill to pass 261-116

Here is our voting presentation on those who supported the bill, juxtaposed to the political bent of their district.

Below the fold you will find more information about this bill, courtesy of former Attorney General Ed Meese and a coalition of conservative organizations.

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