Louisiana Political News Wire
Rep. Jeff Landry wants no congressional recess
Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, circulated a letter last week signed by him and 76 other GOP freshmen urging House leaders not to recess the chamber, thereby preventing President Barack Obama from making recess appointments. "I hope our efforts to fight for transparency will mean an end to Barack Obama's politically-motivated recess appointments and utter disregard of the Senate's constitutional power of advice and consent," Landry said. Last year, during a congressional recess, Obama made 15 recess appointments in one day. But that's almost tiny compared to the 243 made by Ronald Reagan, a favorite of conservatives, or the 171 made by President George W. Bush. Bush won conservative praise when he bypassed the Senate to appoint John Bolton as chief U.S. representative to the United Nations. Asked about this, Landry said: "The fact that administrations have long used the recess appointment process doesn't make it right. My freshman colleagues and I were elected to put a stop to Washington practices that are fundamentally wrong."
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