Obama sets up clash with Congress over recess banking pick
Breaks Democrats’ own rule from Bush administration
Congressional officials said President Obama used his recess appointment powers Wednesday to name a head for the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a move Republican lawmakers said amounted to an unconstitutional power grab.
The president acted just a day after the Senateheld a session — a move that breaks with at least three different precedents that said the Senatemust be in recess for at least three days. Mr. Obama himself was part of two of those precedents, both during his own time in the Senateand again in 2010 when one of his administration’s top constitutional lawyers made the three-day argument to the Supreme Court.