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Portman applauds U.S. Supreme Court decision on recess appointments
But Ohio senator notes it does not apply to former Ohio AG Cordray

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Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman was one of 45 Republicans who challenged President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. And he was applauding today’s unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that said he was right.

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“I think it goes a long way toward ensuring the president can’t just ignore the Senate’s constitutional powers. As you’ve seen with other things, the president is increasingly wanting to go around Congress and ignore laws, so I think this sends a very strong message.” 

Obama also made a recess appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But Portman notes the appointment was later confirmed, so Cordray’s post is not affected by today’s court decision.

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