Originally Posted by andymoon
Didn't Bush make some recess appointments (judicial IIRC) during his first term?
Why yes...yes he did...
Bush bypasses Congress with 11 recess appointments
(04-22) 15:47 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
President Bush bypassed Congress on Tuesday and installed 11 people whose nominations had languished for as long as 16 months.
All the so-called recess appointments were to little-known boards. By signing the appointments during the congressional recess, Bush bypassed the Senate confirmation process. Such appointments are valid until the next Congress takes office, in this case in January 2005.
The appointments are:
* Peter Eide of Maryland to be general counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Bush nominated Eide on June 28, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* R. Bruce Matthews of New Mexico to be a member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Bush nominated Matthews on May 8, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* Naomi Churchill Earp of Virginia to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as vice chairman. Bush nominated Earp on Nov. 27, 2001, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* Neil McPhie of Virginia to be a member of the Merit Systems Protection Board. Bush nominated McPhie on July 9, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* William A. Schambra of Virginia to be a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Bush nominated Schambra on June 13, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* Donna N. Williams of Texas to be a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Bush nominated Williams on June 13, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* April H. Foley of New York to be a member of the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Bush nominated Foley on April 10, 2003.
* Stanley C. Suboleski of Virginia to be a member of the Federal Mine Health and Safety Review Commission. Bush nominated Suboleski on March 22, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* Lillian R. BeVier of Virginia to be a member of the board of directors of the Legal Services Corp. Bush nominated BeVier on April 9, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* Thomas A. Fuentes of California to be a member of the board of directors of the Legal Services Corp. Bush nominated Fuentes on April 9, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
* James C. Miller III of Virginia to be governor of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service. Bush nominated Miller on July 26, 2002, and again on Jan. 9, 2003.
Bush Bypasses Senate, Makes Recess Appointments
AP ^ | 8/1/04
Posted on 08/02/2004 5:53:22 AM PDT by truthandlife
President Bush on Friday announced his intention to make 20 appointments during the congressional recess, including a new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, a manufacturing czar and three ambassadors.
For FTC chairman, Mr. Bush intends to appoint Deborah Majoras of Virginia to replace Timothy J. Muris, who is stepping down. Mrs. Majoras, a former Justice Department deputy assistant attorney general, was one of the lead lawyers in the government's antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp.
Mrs. Majoras' nomination has been blocked in the Senate by Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, who said there was no evidence she would change FTC policies that he says benefit oil companies and hurt consumers. By making the appointment during the congressional recess, Mr. Bush avoids the need for Senate confirmation.
Mr. Wyden said he hoped "that this undemocratic process for naming a new chair won't result in consumers being hammered with high gas prices again and again." Jon Leibowitz of Maryland will be appointed to another seat on the five-member FTC. Mrs. Majoras and Mr. Leibowitz, like the other recess appointees, will serve until the end of 2005.
Mr. Bush also plans to nominate Albert Frink Jr. of California as assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing and services. Mr. Bush's first pick for the manufacturing post, Nebraska business executive Tony Raimondo, was criticized for cutting U.S. jobs and shifting work to China.
The president also announced the following nominations: • Paul Jones of Colorado to be a member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board.
• Jonathan Dudas of Virginia to be undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
• Enrique Sosa of Florida to be a member of the Amtrak reform board.
• Richard Wagner of Florida to be a member of the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board.
• Stephen Johnson of Maryland to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
• Carin Barth of Texas to be chief financial officer of the Housing and Urban Development Department.
• Gary Lee Visscher of Maryland to be a member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
• Ricardo Hinojosa of Texas to be chairman of the United States Sentencing Commission.
• Susan Johnson Grant of Virginia to be chief financial officer at the Energy Department.
• James Kunder of Virginia to be assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development in the bureau for Asia and the Near East.
• John Rood of Florida to be ambassador to the Bahamas. • Charles Graves Untermeyer of Texas to be ambassador to Qatar.
• Aldona Wos of North Carolina to be ambassador to Estonia.
• Scott Kevin Walker of Wisconsin to be a member of the advisory board of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
• Roger Wallace and Jack Vaughn of Texas and Nadine Hogan of Florida to be members of the board of directors of the Inter-American Foundation.
Bush bypasses Senate, appoints conservatives Reich to State, Scalia to Labor
SANDRA SOBIERAJ, Associated Press Writer
(01-11) 14:50 PST WASHINGTON (AP) --
Circumventing Senate opposition, President Bush signed recess appointments Friday for conservatives Otto Reich as the chief U.S. diplomat in Latin America and Eugene Scalia as the top lawyer for the Labor Department.
The White House gave Congress formal notification of the long-discussed appointments and then announced the president's decision without comment.
Because Bush exercised his authority while Congress was in recess, Reich, a Cuban-American, and Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will be allowed to serve until Congress recesses again at the end of the year.
Conservatives applauded Bush for bypassing the Senate.
Seems he likes this method of circumventing the senate.