Becker Nomination: A Year, Seven Months, What’s the Difference?

By February 9, 2010Labor Unions

A skilled satirist at the AFL-CIO responds to Sen. Ben Nelson’s announcement he would vote against the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board by questioning the Nebraska Democrat’s sanity. Guffaw and chortle. The post, “Senate Dem. Nelson Joins Republican Filibuster Against Obama’s NLRB Choice,” embraces the increasingly frequent line of attack that Becker’s nomination has been obstructed, which we take to be an implied argument for a recess appointment: “Let’s not forget Republican Senate leaders blocked a vote on Becker for nearly a year and then last week rushed to seat newly elected Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to give them the 41 votes need to keep a filibuster alive if all voted in a bloc.” Our emphasis.

No, not “nearly a year.” Why would the AFL-CIO makes juch a flat-out, easily checked misstatement? The White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Becker on April 24, 2009, but it only forwarded the nomination to the Senate on July 9, 2009.

See also, “Senate Expected to Reject Obama’s Labor Board Nominee

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