Obama bypasses Senate to fill Medicare post Reuters
The president has the power to fill top federal vacancies that would normally require Senate approval while the Senate is in recess. Many presidents have used this power to get around Senate objections.
In addition to Berwick, Obama also named Philip Coyle as associate director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology, and Joshua Gotbaum as director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
"It's unfortunate that at a time when our nation is facing enormous challenges, many in Congress have decided to delay critical nominations for political purposes," Obama said. "These recess appointments will allow three extremely qualified candidates to get to work on behalf of the American people right away."
When he wants it bad enough he gets it done, why not immigration reform?