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Uploaded on Feb 6, 2012
The Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing entitled, "Uncharted Territory: What are the Consequences of President Obama's Unprecedented 'Recess' Appointments?" at 9:30am on Wednesday, February 1st in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.
Appellate Attorney David Rivkin of Baker Hostetler presented his testimony and explained "the Constitution's Framers assumed -- rightly at the time -- that Congress would convene for only part of each year, and that there would be long stretches of time during which the Senate would be unavailable to play its critical advice-and-consent role in the appointment of federal officials."