Jun 24, 2013 9:38 AM by Associated Press

High court to hear Obama recess appointments case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is stepping into an important constitutional dispute between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over the chief executive's power to make recess appointments.

The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that found Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board.

The high court case is the latest chapter in the partisan political wrangling between GOP lawmakers and Obama over appointments to the labor board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans want to drastically rein in both agencies' powers.

The Constitution gives the president the power to make temporary appointments to fill positions that otherwise require confirmation by the Senate, but only when the Senate is in recess.


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