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Monday, August 01, 2005

Bolton to receive recess appointment


President George W. Bush will name John Bolton ambassador to the United Nations today in a recess appointment, an administration official said. The appointment bypasses the U.S. Senate where Democrats refused to allow a vote on the nomination. The Constitution allows the president to fill vacancies when the Senate is in recess. Bolton's appointment lasts until a new Congress convenes in January 2007. ``This is a critical time for the United Nations,'' spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters at the White House. ``The president believes, as do a majority of senators, that he is the right person for the job.'' McClellan said Bush would make the announcement at 10 a.m. in Washington.
I can already here the screams. I like Bolton as U.N. ambassador. I think we need someone who will shake things up there. I also think that Democrats made a pretty serious mistake in fillibustering this appointment. Unlike a judge that is appointed for life, ambassadors are a relatively short term job anyway, so there is no reason for a President not to go the recess appointment route. I hope that such tactics don't become the norm, as I think the Senate's advice and consent are important. However, the more the fillibuster is used, the more common such things will be.


Blogger Cubicle said...

bush as about as many recess appointments per term as clinton does.

I saw a list, and clinton had to actually appoint a few judges.

8/01/2005 12:17:00 PM  

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