In it, but not of it. TPM DC
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Not only is the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the Noel Canning v. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case limited to the NLRB, but the case is actively being litigated. The notion that some legal scholars dispute the constitutionality of Director Cordray's appointment does not in fact make it "clear," as your letter claims, that the constitutionality of Director Cordray's appointment is currently invalid or will inevitably be overturned. To the contrary, the DC Circuit's decision contradicts 150 years of precedent. It also contradicts more than 280 recess appointments made by both Republicans and Democrats since 1987. Therefore it is inappropriate and unwarranted to prematurely and unilaterally conclude that the Noel Canning case warrants blocking director Cordray from fulfilling his statutory obligation to testify before Congress.
You can read the full letter below.