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Utah Senator Lee derides Cordray’s appointment

Mike LeeSenator Mike Lee (R-Utah) slammed President Obama's recent recess appointments on Wednesday, saying that the move will be recorded in history as a “day of infamy.”

“Jan. 4, 2012, may well be a day that will live on in infamy as a day the Congress ceded to one of its rightful powers to the executive,” Lee said via Twitter.

Lee was among the bureaucrats testifying on Wednesday at a House Oversight Committee hearing at which the president's recent appointments took criticism from several GOP members, the Washington Post reports.

Some Republican members of Congress have vowed to block any further Obama appointments until the White House considers their comments. Lee told CNN that he feels “duty-bound to resist the consideration and approval of additional nominations until the president takes steps to remedy the situation.”

President Obama appointed Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three other individuals to the National Labor Board last month. Since then, many Republicans have opposed the nominations, especially that of Cordray, and called for a panel to replace him, saying that the new director had vast, unlimited power with no oversight.

The Obama administration and Democrats have argued against opposition, citing Republican opposition as the very reason for the recess appointments in the first place. The Office of Legal Council for the Department of Justice issued a memo last month defending the president's actions.

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