Court Strikes Down Presidential Recess Appointments

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama violated the U.S. Constitution when he used recess appointments to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Obama, stymied by Republican inaction on his nominees, appointed three to the board while Congress was on recess. In the near-term, the ruling casts doubt on the ability of the NLRB to conduct its business and could make recent rulings vulnerable to challenge. In the long-term, the decision could diminish the president's ability to make appointments in the absence of congressional action. Reuters News Service reports.