Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court Justice nominated by Ronald Reagan, is considered by many to be the intellectual anchor of the Court’s conservative wing.
During oral arguments on Monday, Scalia slammed President Barack Obama for being a “self-interested president.” The case being discussed by the Supreme Court, National Labor Relations Board vs. Noel Canning, asks if Obama acted legally when he made appointments to the National Labor Relations Board two years ago.
The appointments were made while the Senate was away from Washington, DC. At this time, the Senate was not in recess but was holding a minute-long “session” each day.
Part of the Constitution that deals with presidential powers says, “The president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.”
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