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05/06/2013

Natelson: The Origins and Meaning of Vacancies that May Happen During the Recess in the Constitution's Recess Appointments Clause
Mike Rappaport

Robert G. Natelson (The Independence Institute & Montana Policy Institute) has posted The Origins and Meaning of 'Vacancies that May Happen During the Recess' in the Constitution's Recess Appointments Clause on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
    There has been longstanding uncertainty about the meaning of “the Recess” and “Vacancies that may happen” in the Constitution’s Recess Appointments Clause. This Article finds that both “the Recess” and close variants of “Vacancies that may happen” were standard terms in Founding-Era legislative practice, and appear copiously in legislative records. Those records inform us that “the Recess” means only the inter-session recess and that a vacancy “happens” only when it first arises.
I was pleased to see that Rob Natelson, who pursues a different methodology than I do, appears to have reached the same conclusions that I reached concerning the Recess Appointments Clause.  I am reading this paper now and should have comments in the future.