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Bush bypasses Congress to seat 2 on Amtrak board

Posted on January 4, 2006

President George W. Bush bypassed Congress to seat two members of the Amtrak Board, the White House said Wednesday. Floyd Hall, a former Kmart chairman, and Enrique Sosa, a former president of BP Amoco Chemicals, were placed on the rail panel through recess appointments, a tactic used by presidents to go around Congress when it is not in session. Hall and Sosa were previously nominated for the panel in 2004 and 2005, but were rejected by the Senate both times. Their appointment completes the four-member quorum required for the board to carry out Amtrak business.

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