Obama Passes Bill Allowing Him to Bypass Senate for Appointments
Republicans have joined Democrats in Congress to give President Obama even more power to appoint officials to Cabinet positions without seeking approval from the Senate.
Obama signed the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 while Paul Ryan’s selection as Mitt Romney’s running mate was being announced, to ensure it would go under the radar.
The bill allows Obama — and future presidents — to appoint officials to nearly 170 positions in departments and agencies like the Department of Justice, Department of State, FEMA, USAID, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security.
According to Politico, the bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and it is another example of Congress ceding more of its powers to the executive.