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Republican Lawmakers Argue Obama Appointments Unlawful

Republican lawmakers who failed to block President Barack Obama from installing administration officials without Senate approval in January asked a federal appeals court to rule the appointments unconstitutional.

Miguel Estrada, a lawyer representing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 41 other Republican senators, told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today that the president usurped the Senate’s powers with his appointment of three National Labor Relations Board members. Senate Republicans were allowed to argue the case along with the canning company that challenged the appointments.