In an effort to reaffirm the Tenth Amendment, which reserves to the states those powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution, Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi introduced the Wicker Bill during the 2010 congressional lame-duck session. Dubbed "The Restoring the 10th Amendment Act," the Wicker bill is described by its author as “a step toward restoring states' rights.”
President Obama has once again circumvented the U.S. Congress as it stands in the way of his agenda — this time, by directly appointing four new U.S. ambassadors whose appointments were otherwise stalled by lawmakers for months, as well as the U.S. Public Printer and the Deputy Attorney General. Fox News writes, “The White House announced Wednesday that Obama would use his power to make recess appointments to fill envoy posts to Azerbaijan, Syria, and NATO allies Turkey and the Czech Republic.”
Left-wing blogs are fretting over the potential impact of the incoming new majority Republican House of Representatives upon federal regulations, especially possible Republican use of the “Congressional Review Act.” The law may allow Republicans to limit executive branch regulatory power without going through the ordinary legislative process.