A Response to Recess Appointments from Sen. McConnell

By March 27, 2010Labor Unions

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) singled out the two nominees named to the National Labor Relations Board, Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, in his statement sharply criticizing President Obama’s announcement of his intention to make 15 recess appointments. Via e-mail:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement on the President’s decision to recess appoint Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“The President’s decision to override bipartisan Senate rejection of Craig Becker’s nomination is yet another episode of choosing a partisan path despite bipartisan opposition. The President previously held that appointing an individual in this manner meant that the nominee would have ‘less credibility,’ and that assessment certainly fits this nomination. Additionally stunning is the Administration’s decision to recess appoint two Democrat nominees to the NLRB and leave the Republican behind. This is a purely partisan move that will make a traditionally bipartisan labor board an unbalanced agenda-driven panel.”

The White House beefed up its news release with a blog post by Jen Psaki, the White House’s Deputy Communications Director, “An Unprecedented Level of Obstruction.” The post also highlights Becker and Pearce’s appointment, but makes no mention of Hayes.

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UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): Sen. McConnell’s statement makes more sense with the citation of then Senator Obama included in McConnell’s e-mail:

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)On A Recess Appointee: “To Some Degree, He’s Damaged Goods.” “To some degree, he’s damaged goods … Not in the history of United Nations representatives have we ever had a recess appointment, somebody who couldn’t get through a nomination in the Senate. And I think that that means that we will have less credibility and ironically be less equipped to reform the United Nations in the way that it needs to be reformed.” (“Bush Sends Bolton To U.N.” The [Springfield, IL] State Journal-Register, 8/2/05)

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