Reporting from Washington - Five constitutional experts testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday that President Obama's extensive use of policy "czars" is legal -- as long as the officials do not overstep their authority.
In a city where power is carefully hoarded and monitored, Obama has drawn complaints from Congress about his use of these so-called czars, officials he has appointed to coordinate environmental, health and other policy areas among various departments.
Lawmakers in both parties have sent letters to the White House saying the officials' appointment circumvents Congress' authority to confirm top executive branch officials and subject them to oversight hearings.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:11 PM on Oct. 6, 2009
Answer by lovinangels at 11:40 PM on Oct. 6, 2009
use of policy "czars" is legal -- as long as the officials do not overstep their authority.
And who, prey tell, will determine when they "overstep their authority"? Obama? Since they are to report directly to him? Yeah, I really trust that they will stay in line. What-evah!
Answer by Anonymous at 11:41 PM on Oct. 6, 2009
Answered at 5:41 PM on Oct. 6, 2009 by: Anonymous And who, prey tell, will determine when they "overstep their authority"? Obama?
No. Issues of constitutionality are matters for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Answer by SRiveroC at 11:50 PM on Oct. 6, 2009
Sweets I've never seen this as an issue of constitutionality. These people that have not been confirmed are in relatively minor positions in the Administration. They are associates of people who HAVE been confirmed. So unless we are going to start requiring a confirmation hearing for EVERY single person who works in or with the administration, then I don't see a valid claim here.
Answer by SRiveroC at 11:53 PM on Oct. 6, 2009
Answer by tnmomofive at 11:55 PM on Oct. 6, 2009
Answer by tnmomofive at 11:56 PM on Oct. 6, 2009
Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:33 AM on Oct. 7, 2009
Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:37 AM on Oct. 7, 2009
I'm still learning so can't make that call but find it interesting that so few protested about Reagan, Daddy, Clinton and Dubyas czars.
I've seen many protest things Obama is doing that is simply par for the course, at least for the last 30 years. Makes one wonder why it bothers them now but didn;t before.
Answer by Friday at 1:45 AM on Oct. 7, 2009