Letter: The way it works

Is this really any surprise. the president making an appointment like Richard Cordray as consumer watchdog?

The Senate has already shown a willingness to abrogate their constitutional duty in S679, the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act.

The Constitution states in Article II, section 2, paragraph 3, 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.

This is not a vacancy that occurred during a Senate recess. It is the Consumer Financial Protection Board. This is a new agency; Cordray is it's first chief.

The question is, what will the Senate do? I suspect they will do nothing. Cordray will start his new job. We will hear the same people make statements to the media about what an outrage this is, maybe how it violates the Constitution, but nothing will happen.

The founders, in their wisdom, set up a system of checks and balances. Part of those checks and balances was how senators were originally appointed, that was by the Legislatures of their states. If they didn't represent the interests of their state, they could be recalled.

The 17th Amendment changed that.

This is just another example of why the 17th Amendment needs to be repealed. If the people of the United States don't wake up and demand their representatives do their jobs and honor the oath they took before they took office, we can expect no better.

We need to do our job and insist they do their job

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