Recess appointments have been used by US presidents to fill vacancies within administrative agencies, judicial benches, and other positions within the federal government that require confirmation by the US Senate. The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of NLRB v. Canning in the October term of 2013. Before oral arguments are held, read here about the history of the recess appointment, notable appointments, and background to the case currently before the Court.


7/17/2013: Federal appeals court ruled NLRB recess appointments unconstitutional.

6/6/2013: Obama administration urged Supreme Court to limit review of recess appointments.

4/25/2013: Obama administration petitioned Supreme Court on recess appointments.

1/25/2013: Federal appeals court found Obama recess appointments unconstitutional.

1/15/2012: Two business groups challenged Obama's recess appointments.

1/13/2012: DOJ defended Obama's recess appointments.


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