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White House: Ruling won't affect other Obama picks

Sam Hananel, Associated Press

Richard Cordray stands left as President Barack Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will re-nominate Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment, and nominate Mary Joe White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says a court ruling that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution by making recess appointments to a labor panel won't affect the president's other personnel actions.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says the administration strongly disagrees with the decision. He's calling it novel and unprecedented, but also disputing that it could impede Obama's pick for head of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The White House isn't saying whether it will appeal Friday's ruling by a three-judge federal appeals court panel. Carney says the Justice Department will have to answer that question.

The panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said earlier Friday that Obama didn't have the power to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board because the Senate was still in session. Presidents have used recess appointments to bypass Senate opposition.