Talk:Recess appointment

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logical impossibility[edit]

"Because of Rutledge's political views and occasional mental illness, however, the Senate rejected his nomination, and Rutledge subsequently attempted suicide and then resigned." Is that a bad joke? He resigned after committing suicide? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:26, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Nobody said anything about his committing suicide. -- (talk) 03:40, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

It seems like the constitution allows Congress to declare themselves out of session and then immediately starting a new session in order to terminate any existing recess appointments. Why has Congress never done that? -- (talk) 21:03, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

First of all, most likely this will require a vote, and again most likely 60 votes will be needed for something like this to pass. It would not be easy to find so much support for an unprecedented manoeuvre like this. Also, there would probably be a lot of additional work to be done, in that all committee assignments would have to be fixed again etc. Probably this would not be seen as a productive use of time. --KarlFrei (talk) 08:38, 16 July 2008 (UTC)


The entire first half of this article, until the story turns to Bolton, is completely without references. Many facts and figures are mentioned without any support, for instance, the amount of recess appointments done by recent presidents. I tagged this article with the refimprove tag. --KarlFrei (talk) 08:35, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Update: Obama administration recess appointments[edit]

Obama today announced 15 recess appointments. I think this deserves mention in the article. --Eastlaw talk ⁄ contribs 04:06, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

Why? This article doesn't list every other president's recess appointments. -Rrius (talk) 06:35, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
To put it another way, what does this announcement tell us about recess appointments generally? -Rrius (talk) 06:51, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
My point is, these appointments stir up controversy, regardless of which president or political party does it. There was controversy when Bush the younger made recess appointments, and now there is news coverage of Obama's recess appointments (for example, MSNBC covered it. I'm not taking sides in this debate, nor am I trying to rationalize the behavior of either party. I'm just saying that some mention of it should be made. --Eastlaw talk ⁄ contribs 22:51, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
So far the reaction has been perfunctory. There is nothing about it to suggest that it is anything like the Clinton or Bush appointments. If we include this set of appointments, do we include another set in the summer if he appoints at the August recess? Do we mark every time a president makes a recess appointment from here forward? It is always news when a recess appointment is made, but it does not follow that every news event about recess appointments belongs in this article. As I said, this is about the recess appointment power, not about each and every instance where a recess appointment has drawn a negative comment from the opposition party. There is nothing especially controversial about the appointments or the reaction this time; the reaction has, as I've said, been muted. The difference between this and the Bush appointments is that the appointments were controversial because of the people named, the positions filled, and the wider battle over nominations that nearly led to the elimination of the filibuster, and because of the reaction on the part of Democrats, most importantly the use of pro forma sessions to prevent further instances. -Rrius (talk) 23:17, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

Inclusion of appointment totals[edit]

Why are you playing politics suddenly? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:15, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

Read the edit summary. This is not an article about how many recess appointments the last five or six presidents made, nor is it in any sense a list of recess appointments or numbers of recess appointments. It is, instead, meant to actually explain what the recess appointment power is. If that information is to be included, it should be included for all presidents, and done in a table at a separate article similar to List of United States presidential vetoes. Finally, your accusation of "playing politics" is objectively stupid. If the numbers were only removed from presidents of one party, you might have a point, but that is not what happened. -Rrius (talk) 18:03, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

Yost appointment by Eisenhower[edit]

Just browsing through and found mention of attempted CIA coup in Damsacus in 1957. Although there may have been a coup attempt, and may have been CIA involvement, I'd really like to see at least one really nice reliable source on that before including it, even as a passing reference. I'd be comfortable with something like "alleged CIA involvement" provided a reliable source could be found for that statement. I did confirm the Yost recess appointment, and referenced it. TreacherousWays (talk) 19:55, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

US states?[edit]

Aren't recess appointments also made in US states by governors? Maybe some information on this should be added to the atricle. --Governor Jerchel (talk) 11:14, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

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