Brushing aside criticism of President Obama’s recess appointments made while Congress was in session, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Daily Caller that his decision was “bold” and said Democrats are “glad” the president “took the lead” on the appointments.
“Let that be the public debate with the Senate but fortunately, or unfortunately for us we do not have a role in the confirmation process but we’re glad that the president took the lead, went out there, it was bold and made the appointments,” Pelosi said on Thursday when asked by TheDC about criticism of the president’s actions.
House Speaker John Boehner called the President’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau an “unprecedented power grab,” noting that Congress was still in session.
“This action goes beyond the President’s authority, and I expect the courts will find the appointment to be illegitimate,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.
Obama also appointed three members to the National Labor Relations Board.
As the Daily Caller previously reported, Obama’s Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal said before the Supreme Court, “The recess appointment power can work in — in a recess. I think our office has opined the recess has to be longer than three days [to make an appointment].”
Despite this, Pelosi said she’s “very proud of the President of the United States and the appointments that he made yesterday.”