However, the move represents a new approach for a modern U.S. president, since pro forma sessions have become a popular tactic for blocking recess appointments in recent years.
Obama pushed Cordray's selection through after Senate Republicans blocked the pick in a floor vote in December. Republicans argue the agency he has been nominated to run is overpowerful and must be changed to be more accountable.
“A Dodd-Frank created government agency, the CFPB will have almost unlimited power to regulate almost all financial transactions and its director will not answer to Congress or even the president – giving him more power than any other Obama Czar," said Landry. "Given the president’s desire to control every facet of American’s lives, I am not surprised he would violate the Constitution to make an appointment to this big government institution."