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“I think the president was right to [make the appointments],” said Rep. George Miller, California Democrat and ranking member of the committee. “I think George Bush would have probably been right to breach it, if he believed in those appointments.”

But House Republicans warned accepting the NLRB candidates could open the floodgates to more controversial recess appointments.

“What’s the definition of a recess?” asked Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican. “Can the president do it over a lunch break? Can he wait until the Senate decides to take a nap, and then make the recess appointments?”