Senate HELP Committee Approves Becker, 13-10

By February 4, 2010Labor Unions

Labor attorney Craig Becker’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board is now on very thin ice.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee just voted 13-10 to forward to the full Senate the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was a partyline vote, Democrats in support, Republicans opposing.

Ranking Member Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) detailed his opposition to the anti-employer views of Becker, an SEIU associate counsel, and questioned the Senate’s rush to approve controversial, labor-backed nominees before Scott Brown of Massachusetts could be seated as a Senator.

Enzi supported Becker’s nomination at an October 2009 markup as part of a package that included Buffalo law labor Mark Pearce and Brian Hayes, a Republican staffer on the HELP Committee. The Senator’s opposition signals united Republican opposition and makes Becker’s confirmation much less likely in the full Senate because Brown will be sworn in before a cloture vote.

The National Association of Manufacturers and nearly 600 manufacturing companies opposed Becker’s nomination. See the February 1 letter.

Earlier posts on Becker’s nomination.

UPDATE (4:25 p.m.): Chairman Tom Harkin’s statement praising Becker from today’s committee meeting.

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