Angry Senate Republicans are ready to block the nominations of federal appeals court judges in retaliation for President Barack Obama's recess appointments.
The idea was discussed at a private retreat held Wednesday at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, Business Week
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Business Week that the plan was selective blocking rather than an across-the-board holdup of all judicial nominations. That idea was discussed, Cornyn said, "but we're also very aware he would like us to play into his narrative, and we're not going to take the bait."
Instead, he said, the response would be "measured and appropriate," Business Week reports.
The new initiative comes after Obama appointed Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the Christmas break. GOP senators insist that and the appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board were illegal because the Senate said it wasn't officially in recess as it held pro-forma meetings every three days during the break.
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