After the recess appointments of Richard Cordray (above) as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and of three new members to the National Labor Relations Board, the White House is leaving the door open to other possible recess appointments.
A Senate Democratic aide said that there is nothing in the pipeline at the moment but also didn't exclude the possibility of more White House recess appointments in the next few weeks or sometime this year. The Senate has not technically adjourned for recess, but the full chamber is not expected to be back in town until Jan. 23.
"We expect the president to continue to respect the Senate's prerogative" on nominations, the aide said, adding that the White House has been "judicious" in its recess appointment strategy.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.