More on the President’s announcement of his intention to make recess appointments of 15 officials, including SEIU counsel and radical labor theorist Craig Becker as well as Buffalo labor lawyer, to the National Labor Relations Board (extensive Shopfloor coverage from the weekend starting here). From Bloomberg, “Labor Agenda May Advance, Business Sees ‘Red Alert’ on Becker“:
March 29 (Bloomberg) — Efforts by labor unions to expand employee organizing may gain after President Barack Obama, rejecting objections from Republicans and business groups, appointed Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.
Obama announced plans on March 27 to name Becker, a lawyer and Democrat who represented the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, using executive powers to bypass confirmation by the Senate, which had blocked a vote this month.
Becker, opposed by groups led by the National Association of Manufacturers, will be named along with lawyer Mark Pearce, a Democrat, providing a quorum to clear a case backlog including disputes with casino owner MGM Mirage and auto-parts maker Dana Holding Corp.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), via AP: “Regrettably, Senate Republicans have dedicated themselves to a failed strategy to cripple President Obama’s economic initiatives by stalling key administration nominees at every turn.”
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a statement:
I am very disappointed that the President chose to recess appoint 15 people, including Mr. Craig Becker to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The U.S. Senate rejected this highly controversial and partisan nominee, and once again the Administration showed that it had little respect for the time honored constitutional roles and procedures of Congress. This is clear payback by the Administration to organized labor. Time and again questions have been raised over Mr. Becker’s ability to serve in an honest and impartial manner on the NLRB, yet this Administration chose to ignore the questions and concerns and instead forced their will on the American people.
- Wall Street Journal, “Tensions Flare After Recess Maneuver”
Chris Stirewalt, Washington Examiner column, “What thrills the Left will scare away the center.”
Daily Beast, “GOP Fired Up Over Appointments”
New York Times, “Democrats defend appointments“
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