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12-HR509 on Jan 10, 2012

Bill Sponsorship: Resolution against Presidential appointments
Source: H.RES.509
Congressional Summary: Resolution Disapproving of the President's appointment of four officers during a period when no recess of the Congress for a period of more than three days and expressing that those appointments were made in violation of the Constitution.

Text of Resolution:

  • Whereas the Constitution states, 'Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days';
  • Whereas, on January 4, 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Richard Cordray to be the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and appointed Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board; and
  • Whereas these appointments broke the long-established precedent of Congress being in recess for more than three days before the President can make a recess appointment:
  • Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the President's appointment of four officers when no recess of the Congress for a period of more than three days was authorized.

OnTheIssues Notes:Pres. Obama attempted to appoint Elizabeth Warren to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in May 2011; House Republicans disapproved of Ms. Warren. House Speaker John Boehner disallowed the Senate's adjournment resolution, which meant the Senate was legally not adjourned and Pres. Obama could not make a "recess appointment" which would otherwise be allowed. This Resolution brings the issue to the fore again, for another set of Obama appointments for which House Republicans disapprove.


  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Sponsored banning recess appointments without Congressional approval
  • Headline 2: No recess appointments without Congressional approval

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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 12-HR509

Ralph Moody Hall s2oTexas Democrat 



Republicans participating in 12-HR509

Sandy Adams s2oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Robert Aderholt s2oAlabama Republican 
Todd Akin s2oMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Mark Amodei s2oNevada Republican 
Steve Austria s2oOhio Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Lou Barletta s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Rick Berg s2oND Republican Challenger 
Gus Bilirakis s2oFlorida Republican 
Diane Black s1pTennessee Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Jo Bonner s2oAlabama Republican 
Charles Boustany s2oLouisiana Republican 
Kevin Brady s2oTexas Republican 
Mo Brooks s2oAlabama Republican 
Paul Broun s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Larry Bucshon s2oIndiana Republican 
Michael Burgess s2oTexas Republican 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ken Calvert s2oCalifornia Republican 
Quico Canseco s2oTexas Republican 
John Carter s2oTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot s2oOhio Republican 
Mike Coffman s2oColorado Republican 
Mike Conaway s2oTexas Republican 
Chip Cravaack s2oMinnesota Republican 
Rick Crawford s2oArkansas Republican 
Scott DesJarlais s2oTennessee Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s2oTennessee Republican 
Renee Ellmers s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Blake Farenthold s2oTexas Republican 
Stephen Fincher s2oTennessee Republican 
Mike Fitzpatrick s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Jeff Flake s2oArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Chuck Fleischmann s2oTennessee Republican 
Randy Forbes s2oVirginia Republican 
Jeff Fortenberry s2oNebraska Republican 
Trent Franks s2oArizona Republican 
Cory Gardner s2oColorado Republican 
Scott Garrett s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Jim Gerlach s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Bob Gibbs s2oOhio Republican 
Phil Gingrey s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s2oVirginia Republican 
Paul Gosar s2oArizona Republican 
Trey Gowdy s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Tim Griffin s2oArkansas Republican 
Morgan Griffith s2oVirginia Republican 
Frank Guinta s2oNew Hanpshire Republican challenger 
Brett Guthrie s2oKentucky Republican 
Gregg Harper s2oMississippi Republican 
Andy Harris s2oMaryland Republican 
Wally Herger s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Tim Huelskamp s2oKansas Republican 
Bill Huizenga s2oMichigan Republican 
Randy Hultgren s2oIllinois Republican 
Robert Hurt s2oVirginia Republican 
Lynn Jenkins s2oKansas Republican 
Bill Johnson s2oOhio Republican 
Sam Johnson s2oTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Jack Kingston s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Adam Kinzinger s2oIllinois Republican 
Raul Labrador s2oIdaho Republican 
Doug Lamborn s2oColorado Republican 
Leonard Lance s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Jeff Landry s2oLouisiana Republican 
Tom Latham s2oIowa Republican 
Bob Latta s2oOhio Republican 
Cynthia Lummis s2oWyoming Republican 
Connie Mack IV s2oFL Republican Challenger 
Donald Manzullo s2oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Kenny Marchant s2oTexas Republican 
Tom Marino s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Michael McCaul s2oTexas Republican 
Tom McClintock s2oCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003) 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
Patrick McHenry s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Candice Miller s2oMichigan Republican 
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida Republican 
Mick Mulvaney s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Tim Murphy s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Sue Myrick s2oNorth Carolina Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Rich Nugent s2oFlorida Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s2oMississippi Republican 
Pete Olson s2oTexas Republican 
Steven Palazzo s2oMississippi Republican 
Ron Paul s2oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Joseph Pitts s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Ted Poe s2oTexas Republican 
Mike Pompeo s2oKansas Republican 
Tom Price s2oGeorgia Republican 
Ben Quayle s2oArizona Republican (lost 2012 primary) 
Reid Ribble s2oWisconsin Republican 
Martha Roby s2oAlabama Republican 
Tom Rooney s2oFlorida Republican 
Dennis Ross s2oFlorida Republican 
Paul Ryan s2oPOTUS Republican 
Steve Scalise s2oLA Republican challenger 
Jean Schmidt s2oOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Aaron Schock s2oIllinois Republican 
Tim Scott s2oSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
James Sensenbrenner s2oWisconsin Republican 
Pete Sessions s2oTexas Republican 
Steve Southerland s2oFlorida Republican 
Cliff Stearns s2oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Steve Stivers s2oOhio Republican 
Marlin Stutzman s2oIndiana Republican 
Pat Tiberi s2oOhio Republican 
Scott Tipton s2oColorado Republican 
Joe Walsh s2oIllinois Republican 
Allen West s2oFlorida Republican 
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia Republican 
Ed Whitfield s2oKentucky Republican 
Joe Wilson s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Robert Wittman s2oVirginia Republican 
Frank Wolf s2oVirginia Republican 
Steve Womack s2oArkansas Republican 
Rob Woodall s2oGeorgia Republican 
Bill Young s2oFlorida Republican 



Independents participating in 12-HR509



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 121
Independents: 0


















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