Concern is rising that President Barack Obama is trying to circumvent the U.S. Senate by making a recess appointment to the United States Supreme Court.
Obama said last week that he would nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court while the Senate is in session — foregoing a recess appointment.
A leading conservative activist and former presidential candidate argues that the Senate leadership needs to make sure that this attempt to capitalize on the situation does not happen.
American Values President Gary Bauer says that Republicans must take the appropriate measures to keep Obama from making a recess appointment to the high court during his remaining time in office.
"The question gets down to when is the Senate in recess,” the vocal family values advocate points out. “And that is a matter that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Senate determines — not the president.”
Bauer has some strong advice for the current Republican Senate Majority Leader, who he believes must do the job he was appointed to do.
“So it will behoove Leader McConnell to make sure in 2016 the Senate does not go into recess," the Christian leader asserts.
Bauer goes on to explain that even if an Obama recess appointee would be temporary, that person could create a great deal of havoc until January of 2017.
"I would not want one week to go by that had a lopsided liberal majority on the [Supreme] Court because the Court could pull cases up from the lower courts on an accelerated basis — declaring a matter to be urgent — and could set a precedent that could then be very difficult to overturn," he continued.
Bauer also stresses that this Supreme Court vacancy makes it imperative that Republicans not only win the White House but maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.