Obama Signs Congress Approved Bill Giving Him More Power

According to news reports President Obama signed the “The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011” on August 10, 2012.

Politico.com reports,

“Democrats and Republicans came together to give President Obama more power to appoint officials jobs in his administration without seeking approval from the Senate.”

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This bill will go into effect anywhere from 0-60 days from the date of President Obama signing it. The Senate approved the bill, 79-20, in June 2011. The House approved it, 261-116, last month.

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“In the middle of election season, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have come together to give President Barack Obama more power to appoint officials to jobs in his administration without seeking approval from the Senate.”

Yes, you read correctly: more power. The article went on to point out just why this didn’t break across mainstream media:

Lost in the hubbub last weekend over Rep. Paul Ryan’s selection as Mitt Romney’s running mate was the fact that Obama signed a bill that eliminates the need to obtain Senate confirmation for about 170 executive branch posts: the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011.

Senator Lieberman, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, which marked up and reported out the measure, said: “This bipartisan legislation represents the Senate at its best. A problem was identified, and Democrats and Republicans worked together to craft a solution. Now, future Administrations will be able to get their teams in place more quickly, and the Senate will be able focus its time and energy on the most important Executive Branch appointments. In no way does this bill erode the Senate’s role of “advice and consent.” Rather, it strengthens the Senate’s power by freeing us up to concentrate on nominees who will actually shape national policy.”

This is very concerning, this gives Obama the legal right to hire who he wants without approval from the senate for the following positions.

A list of positions exempted from Senate confirmation appears below. This list is provided via Senator Joe Lieberman.

Department of Agriculture

Assistant Secretary for Administration

Rural Utilities Service Administrator

Directors (7), Commodity Credit Corporation

Department of Commerce

Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Officer Corps, NOAA (321)

Corporation for National and Community Service Managing Directors (2)

Department of Defense

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration)

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Director of the Selective Service System

Members (6), National Security Education Board

Council of Economic Advisers

Members (2)

Department of Education

Assistant Secretary for Management

Commissioner – Education Statistics

Members (15), National Board of Education Sciences

Department of Health and Human Services

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Public Health Services Corps (2536)

Department of Homeland Security

Assistant Administrator, Grants, FEMA

Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration

Director, Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement

Chief Medical Officer

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

US Agency for International Development

Assistant Administrator for Management

Department of Justice

Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Director, National Institute of Justice

Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Director, Office for Victims of Crime

Department of Labor

Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Director, Women’s Bureau

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Deputy Director

Deputy Director, Demand Reduction

Deputy Director, State and Local Affairs

Deputy Director, Supply Reduction

Department of State

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Assistant Secretary for Administration

Department of Transportation

Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs

Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Administrator, St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Department of Treasury

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Assistant Secretary for Management

Treasurer of the United States Administrator,

Community Development Financial Institution Fund

Department of Veterans Affairs

Assistant Secretary for Management

Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration

Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security and Preparedness

Appalachian Regional Commission

Alternate Federal Co-Chairman

African Development Bank

Governor Alternate Governor

African Development Fund

Governor Alternate Governor

Asian Development Bank


Alternate Governor

Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development

Members (13), Board of Trustees

Mississippi River Commission

Commissioners (7)

National Council on Disability

Members (15)

National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board

Members (10)

National Museum and Library Services Board

Members (20)

National Science Board

Members (24)

More freedom for Obama, less accountability, and the ability to control.

Note: Homeland Security, DOD, and FEMA are on this list. Scarey thought indeed. I wonder if the same people who did President Obama’s background check will be doing theirs also?

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