Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s nomination of union lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board is on the verge of collapse after U.S. business groups successfully pressured lawmakers to stall the nomination.
The Senate voted 52-33, eight votes short of the 60 required, to end debate and act on the nomination of Becker, who has been awaiting confirmation for more than six months. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers attacked Becker’s academic writings on giving labor unions more power and sent letters to senators urging them to block the appointment.
- Washington Times, “Labor nominee blocked in Senate“: “In a vivid display of President Obama’s diminished clout, the Senate’s newest Republican and two veteran Democrats Tuesday helped block Mr. Obama’s bid to fill a key labor post with a nominee they considered too cozy with unions.”
- Washington Examiner, “GOP blocks Obama labor board nominee“
- Politico, “Senate stops Craig Becker nomination“
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