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Without our attention and without our continued vigilance, the corrupt players in Cesspool City signed a bill that gives the President more power.

“By a vote of 261-116, the House of Representatives passed a bill rewriting Article II of the Constitution and divesting the Senate of the power to accept or reject the appointment of many presidential nominees.

Last year, the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 79-20, so it now goes to the desk of President Obama for his signature.

“Important positions will be filled faster, government agencies will be more capable of offering valuable services to their constituents, and the overall confirmation process will be more efficient,” said Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Dozens of key management positions in the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Commerce, and Homeland Security (including the treasurer of the United States, the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, the director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, and the assistant administrator of FEMA) will now be filled by presidential edict, without the need of the “advice and consent” of the Senate, a phrase specifically removed from the process in the text of the bill.

Although the House vote occurred on Tuesday, the Senate voted to surrender its constitutional check on the executive over a year ago on June 29, 2011.

Despite a last-minute attempt by some House leaders to put the measure to a voice vote, thus allowing members to vote in favor of the legislation without being listed on the record, a roll call vote was taken, and the name of every congressman who voted to unconstitutionally neuter the legislative branch is listed.

The process began last March when Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 15 cosponsors, including Republicans Lamar Alexander (Tenn.); Scott Brown (Mass.); and Mitch McConnell (Ky.), introduced S. 679, the “Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act.” The measure struck from many current laws the “advice and consent” requirement for many executive branch appointments, giving the president unchecked power to fill key administration positions.

In a memo sent to Capitol Hill in advance of Tuesday’s vote in the House, Thomas McClusky of the Family Research Council reminded lawmakers, “The United States Constitution does not bestow kingly powers on the President to appoint the senior officers of the government with no process.”

Although McClusky’s reading of the Constitution is accurate, as of Tuesday it is no longer the law of the land. According to proponents of the measure, the bill benefitted from such strong bipartisan support (95 Republicans joined 166 Democrats voting in favor of passage) because its sole purpose is to relieve the backlog of unconfirmed appointees by eliminating the confirmation requirement for about 200 offices.

The process by which heads of executive branch departments are appointed and confirmed is set forth by Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The “Appointments Clause” provides that the president:

shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

Now, as soon as President Obama adds his signature to the bill, the checks and balances established by our Founding Fathers as a protection against tyranny will be eliminated, as well as the concept of enumerated powers. 

This history of the delicate system created by our Founders was synopsized in an article published by the Heritage Foundation:

When the delegates of the states gathered in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 and wrote the Constitution, they distributed the powers of the federal government among two Houses of Congress, a President, and a judiciary, and required in many cases that two of them work together to exercise a particular constitutional power. That separation of powers protects the liberties of the American people by preventing any one officer of the government from aggregating too much power.

The Framers of the Constitution did not give the President the kingly power to appoint the senior officers of the government by himself. Instead, they allowed the President to name an individual for a senior office, but then required the President to obtain the Senate’s consent before appointing the individual to office. Thus, they required the cooperation of the President and the Senate to put someone in high office.

Many of the Framers had practical experience with government and recognized that not every office would be of sufficient authority and consequence as to merit the attention of both the President and the Senate to an appointment to the office. Therefore, they provided a means by which the Congress by law could decide which of the lesser offices of government could be filled by the President alone, a court, or a department head.

The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act removes these barriers between the branches and shifts the powers of appointment in such a way that the very foundation of our Republic is weakened under the crushing weight of a powerful executive branch.

In light of this impending imbalance, it must be inquired as to what could compel Congress to legislate away its own power? Why would so many representatives in the Senate and the House willingly abolish their role as bulwark against executive despotism?”

For me, this is mind boggling and once again scary.  The Legislative Branch giving over their power (once again) to the Executive Branch.  One could come to the conclusion that the Legislative Branch is complicit in Obama’s goal to be dictator of this country.  If Obama gets a 2nd term I expect that he will abolish the Legislative Branch altogether.  He has no use for them and that branch seems to have no use for itself as they continue to weaken the balance of power in our Republic.

http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/12302-house-passes-bill-eliminating-senate-approval-of-pres-appointments

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Comments on: "A Little Known Bill That Passed Recently" (17)

  1. Davetherave said:

    Pepp,

    Excellent post! The Repuke controlled House sure showed we cannot rest peacefully at night just because they control it. And that is one lame ass excuse given by them to rewrite our constitution. “I was driving 100 miles an hour because I was late for work officer. Oh, well then that’s fine sir, because it’s no longer a crime to speed to get to work on time.Don’t worry about all those people you ran over and killed”

    I need a damn oxygen tent, so I can breathe under all this bull shit coming out of DC!

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    • Dave,

      It is remarkable that the Repukes went along with this. This shows me that they are not representing us at all. This gives the president dictatorial power. WTH? What are they doing? It is bewildering unless these same people who voted for this essentially changing our Constitution are part of the shadow government for the globalists. Once again a matter of treason if you ask me. Who said they could simply change the Constitution like this? And this hardly made a ripple in the news media.

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      • Pepp,

        I agree it’s either they are part of the globalists or it simply comes down to the only thing that is really important in DC anymore and that is extreme power. The Repukes may have went along with it, so a Repuke president would also have that power. They don’t give a damn what damage Obamastalin can do with that power as long as their boy has the same power when elected. Either radicals or power loons gone wild….

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    • Dave,

      You wrote; “it’s no longer a crime to speed to get to work on time. Don’t worry about all those people you ran over and killed”

      Ha! That applies to politicians only Dave. You, I and all common citizens get the electric chair!

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      • Ya’ got that right ‘awk! Hell; if you’re a Kennedy, you can even get away with DUI’s, murder…I sure in hell would warn anyone taking a ride with a Kennedy, if the trip takes them over a bridge!

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  2. Looks like it is time to lock and load. The idiotic house and senate relinquishing their damn JOB. May as well not have the useless bastards.

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    • clyde,

      It’s not looking good is it? WTH are they doing is what I wonder unless they are helping this fool to become dictator over us. Yeah, they are useless bastards and we should send them a big fat “you’re fired” letter to all of them. This is getting scarier as time goes by.

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    • clyde,

      It’s beginning to look like that is the only way out of this Communist grip.

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      • clyde, Pepp and ‘awk,

        Our Founders set up the system for checks and balances. Then polutionticians realized they could make a comfy career in congress. Now they’ve decided they’re comfy job just takes up too much of their time. So are they sending us a message we can help lower the deficit by just saying their jobs are no longer needed? Nice of them to throw themselves in a sword…

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        • Sorry about the typo’s. I’m not the smartest you’ll ever run into and my brain is still firing up some live, but damaged brain cell’s!

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        • Dave,

          I don’t know wth they were thinking with this. The Deviant already has too much power. And if they don’t want to do their jobs, then they need to be fired. I’m sure there are others who would take their place.

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  3. Excellent. Thanks for posting it. I was not aware of this bill. It really is crazy.

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  4. He’s been doing anything he wants to anyway, but I can’t understand why the Republican controlled House would accept this. What I have heard for a long time is this is a total takeover from the inside. They are all in on this…This is so frightening. God, please help us!

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    • Donna,

      It is hard to understand the repubs going along with this. All I can say is this is totally wrong. I believe most of the people in the government are in on the globalist take over. When has anyone of these reps bothered to pay any attention to what we’ve got to say? They don’t care. It’s all about power and money for them. We need term limits for all of them, including the SCOTUS.

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  5. Congress does not have the legal authority to do this. It can only be done legally by an amendment to the Constitution.

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    • drrik,

      You bring up an excellent point.

      You are correct congress does not have sole legal authority to amend our constitution. Congress does have the authority to “propose” amendments to the constitution. That’s where the process begins. The proposal can originate in either the senate or house. If the proposed bill passes both bodies of congress by either a supermajority or joint resolution, it then must go to the states for final approval; not the president. The amendment is then ratified, if three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it or ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states approve it. If it fails to pass through either of these two choices the constitution amendment does not pass or become new law. These constitution amendments don’t even require the approval or disapproval of the president.

      It will be interesting to see, if these states stand up for their constitutional rights this time and tell congress to kiss off, until it is sent to the states for ratification or denial.

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