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While I was doing some studying on Constitutional Appointments, I happened to discover yet another UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACT via the Obama Administration. The nomination, and appointment of Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC 12th District) to head up the FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency).
Follow along now —-
The US Constitution, Article I, Section 6, Clause 2 says:
“No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.”
Ok, so the Constitution FORBIDS the appointment of a Congressman, to ANY office that has had a pay raise during that congressman’s term in office.
All Federal Employees will get an across the board 1% pay raise on January 1, 2014. Obama ALSO gave Congress & Federal Workers a 0.5% – 1.0% pay raise As of March 27, 2013 via Executive Order.
Mel Watt’s current term as congressman runs from January 2013 thru January 2015.
SO —- The Office of FHFA WILL RECEIVE a Pay Increase, or an increase in the Emolument (to use the same term as the Constitution) during the Congressman’s term.
From the WIKI source listed below—- “The U.S. Constitution prohibits a Member of Congress from being appointed to an executive office under two circumstances: if the executive office was created during that Member’s term in Congress, or if the compensation for that executive office was increased during that Member’s term in Congress. The U.S. Constitution also prohibits an executive officer from being a Member of Congress.
e·mol·u·ment: noun, formal – 1. a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.
These 57 Senators, by VOTING ‘YEA’ on Mel Watt’s confirmation, violated their Oath of Office to Support & Defend the Constitution. They should be removed from office IMMEDIATELY!
UPDATE: Same clause applies to Senator Max Baucus and HIS appointment to be the Ambassador to China. He is ALSO NOT ELIGIBLE to be appointed to ANY POSITION!
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fourteenth Day of December in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen.