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Obama: 'I refuse to take no for an answer'

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama, introducing his controversial recess appointment to a crowd of Pennsylvania supporters, explained that he would not "take no for an answer" from the U.S. Senate -- especially the Republicans, that refused to confirm his nominee to the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau.

"I refuse to take no for an answer," Obama said at a campaign-style event. "I'm not going to stand by while a minority in the senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opposes the nomination because the CFPB "is subject to none of the checks that independent agencies normally operate under." McConnell also accused Obama of "fundamentally endanger[ing] the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch" by using a recess appointment that breaks with precedent. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, recalls a policy laid out by his own Department of Justice (DOJ) before the Supreme Court, saying that the Senate has not been adjourned for a long enough time for a recess appointment to take place.

Ironically, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended Obama yesterday from the claim that he is acting like a "monarch" -- "it is not accurate to suggest that he doesn’t want to engage with Congress and that he won't engage with Congress," Carney said -- even while refusing to give any hint that Obama was going to make this move. "I just don't have any specifics to give to you on tomorrow's trip," Carney said during the press briefing yesterday.

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