TCP Hosts a Tele-Debate: Are the President’s recent recess appointments constitutional?

  • January 18, 2012
  • 2:15 - 3:15 PM

Wednesday January 18, 2012 at 2:15 to 3:15 PM (Eastern)  Call (888)327-8914 and enter the passcode 9667817

President Obama ignited a significant controversy when he used recess appointments on January 4, 2012, to name Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and to fill three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.  Some Republican senators and others strongly objected, saying the Senate was in “pro forma” session so the recess appointment power could not apply.

Call in to hear Professors Peter M. Shane and Michael McConnell debate the issue. Professor Shane is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Professor McConnell is the Richard & Frances Mallery Professor and Director of Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center.

Note: The debate is limited to the first 75 participants who join the conversation. We hope you can join us.

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