While the Senate is in recess, President Barack Obama used his power to make appointments to break a the Republican filibuster of his nominees.
Among those appointed was Chai Feldblum, a lesbian, as one of five members of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum is a Georgetown University law professor.
The White House made 15 recess appointments. He has 77 awaiting action on the floor of the Senate.
Recess appointments are only for one year and must come up for Senate approval the following year.