The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments that President Barrack Obama violated the Constitution when he appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board between U.S. Senate sessions. Because of the timing of the appointments, they were passed without Senate approval.
The challenge was initiated last month by Senate Republicans. According to Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski, “the President’s actions have already been deemed unconstitutional by the DC Circuit and the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.”
The DC Court of Appeals ruled this practice “would demolish the checks and balances inherent in the advice-and-consent requirement.”
Senator Murkowski said the challenge “is not about ideology or politics or the merit of any person’s worthiness for an appointment – this is strictly about the separation of powers and the United States’ Senate’s core advise and consent function.” She felt a Supreme Court ruling would make the point clear and prevent future overreach.