Supreme Court Limits Presidential Appointment Powers During Congressional Recess

The Supreme Court voted to limit the president’s power to temporarily fill high-level government jobs.

The court ruled that President Obama illegally appointed people to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.

He invoked the Constitution’s provision that gives him the power to make those decisions when the Senate is in recess, but many argue Congress was not on a formal break.

The president disagreed, saying he made the appointments because Republican’s refused to allow the board to function. The justices rejected that argument.