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She's doing controversy today over several recess appointments by the president the president naming Richard -- Drake.
As director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
I the president also in -- three people to the National Labor Relations Board bypassing normal senate confirmation process there.
I -- Republicans are not happy with these recess appointments even questioning their legality at this point.
I the president himself criticized similar recess appointments by then president George W.
Bush back in 2005.
And -- President Obama had this to say.
About the recess appointment -- John Bolton.
As US ambassador to the UN saying quote.
Not in the history.
And the United Nations represented as have we ever had a recess appointments.
Somebody who couldn't get through a nomination in the senate -- -- thing that means.
That we will have less credibility again that from President Obama back in 2005.
I senator Bob worker Republican Tennessee is critical on these recess appointments and he joins us now senator nice heading back on the program.
Yeah and always -- to be with -- -- -- is looking back at recess appointments in general.
And I see that the president has made 28 recess appointment so far in his term.
But if you look at president George W.
Bush at the same time in his term he made 34 recess appointment -- -- daily look back to President Reagan.
He need 240 recess appointments over his two terms in office so what -- this.
I think I think was most abusive about what's happened over the last week -- what's happened with these NLRB appointees they didn't even come to this planet -- -- just maybe a couple weeks ago so there's been no hearings whatsoever.
On days I think it that is incredibly abusive when again there's not a minute chance for the senate to take them up you have no idea whether confirmation one of gone through or not he just decided -- Send a couple folks up and have them appointed so.
I'm actually shocked at what he did within -- -- I'm not surprised candidly that he appointed mr.
Head of the consumer protection agency and they that obviously the senate was not -- -- confirm him until we.
Had some checks and balances the kind of things that most people in Tennessee would like to see happen.
Securities and Exchange Commission the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
the Federal Reserve.
All have boards and commissions and what Republicans and and lot of and a lot of people are -- just that we have an appropriate.
Check and balance will this new concepts consumer protection agency this guy's gonna have unfettered power this one person one person.
Not an agency not a group of people.
Is gonna have the ability to make unprecedented.
On -- financial industry with no check and balance so it is something both cases we have what I would call abusive.
Policies being put in place and I don't think it's -- kind of thing that Americans believe is an appropriate check and balance.
-- -- that said -- your concerns what can you actually do about these appointments now that they've been made.
There's absolutely nothing that can be done other than then -- -- -- the constitutionality.
Of being able to do what's been done this is really not a recess that's taking place in the senate and you know I think senator Byrd from West Virginia too was a Democrat well -- he really looked at the process of the senate and wanted to keep the integrity there he'd probably rolling over in his grave.
At what has just happened so so I think that will be challenged but from the standpoint of what we can do immediately.
The president has acted in Hawaii that did just really sticks a stick -- the I have the senate and the congress in general.
Something that as you mentioned he thought was very inappropriate just a few years -- And -- unfortunately at a time when our country really needs to be coming together to solve the big problems that our country has.
Probably has poisoned the well even more it's obviously something that he's done to rally.
An extremist base that he wants to come to -- say in this presidential campaign -- -- is from the standpoint of overall policies for our country.
Something that probably takes us step even further back from where we -- or won't he laughed and and came home for Christmas recess.
Because so many different current dynamics that between the congress and the White House as well as a dynamic between the public in the government you know the -- the public based on the polls and so disillusioned.
With the way things are working in DC and -- just speaking off that point.
Just playing devil's advocate for a moment.
Why just try it when I just try.
This head -- this director of the financial bureau -- and and -- just kind of see how ago it was.
I -- and I just let it through it and to start date and the year and you why do you think this is such a game changer going into 28 filed.
What I don't think the consumer protection.
Had I think we follow.
At some point this was something the president was gonna try to do again and I have talked with a White House -- multiple occasions about.
Again just trying to keep a check and balance I think most people understand that congress has.
No ability to deal -- the appropriations that go to this -- -- agency again there's no real.
We've kind of I don't need telling rules Quentin isn't cause I know I know where it regularly you cannot say that you -- -- off -- I think most.
Most people under not understand our haven't -- made aware that where the funding for this agency comes as from the Federal Reserve.
Federal Reserve prints money and invested in it creates income out of thin air that's all he is -- -- is finally got to hurry -- for this man as the director can you -- it can't touch it -- can't -- -- -- -- -- -- them.
The money comes directly from the Federal Reserve which -- money invested.
It creates income that's called senior -- that seniors goes to pay for this consumer protection agency so.
Congress has 00.
-- role in this.
There's also is in these definitions called abusive Centre court over -- I mean this.
Unfortunately they're gonna ask leave -- there but I appreciate your insight -- and -- something interesting as you mentioned both Republican and democratic.
Administrations have done this before but we'll see how this plays out in the new year which is interesting to hear what you have to see about the funding.
Some think I'm sure not and many of us -- -- bad I think at a corporate thank you again for joining us they would appreciate it.
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