President Barack Obama violated the Constitution by making appointments to the federal labor board without Senate approval, a U.S. appeals court said in a ruling that calls hundreds of board decisions into question and may extend to the head of the new consumer finance agency.
Two Democratic lawmakers urged Terence Flynn, a Republican on the National Labor Relations Board, to quit after fresh allegations of ethics violations that the agency’s chairman said raised questions “of trust.”
Republican National Labor Relations Board member Terence Flynn rejected a call to quit, saying he did nothing wrong after an agency investigator found he broke ethics rules by sharing nonpublic information.
Republican National Labor Relations Board member Terence Flynn should resign after the inspector general found fresh ethics breaches he said are a serious threat to the agency, Democratic Representative George Miller said.
Republican lawmakers who failed to block President Barack Obama from installing administration officials without Senate approval in January asked a federal appeals court to rule the appointments unconstitutional.
President Barack Obama’s authority to make appointments without U.S. Senate approval is being considered by an appeals court for the first time in a test of so-called pro-forma sessions set up by Republican lawmakers.
Representative Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked chairman Darrell Issa to interview two former National Labor Relations Board members who allegedly obtained nonpublic information from Terence Flynn before he was appointed to the board.