Republican Senators Asks Supreme Court to Rule on NLRB Appointments

By Tom Fletcher • Friday, May 31, 2013 12:18 pm

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This week, Senate Republicans filed a brief with the Supreme Court asking them to take up the NLRB recess appointments case. Earlier this year, a DC Circuit Court struck down the President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, ruling that the Senate was in fact in session thus voiding the board’s appointments.  Despite the ruling the NLRB continues to make important decisions on labor disputes even after being voided by a federal court. In a press release Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said:

“The President’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab. We will demonstrate to the Court how the President’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”

Workers across the country deserve an NLRB board that will be fair and not influenced by outside interests. The President should nominate people that will be able to stand up to scrutiny and not be able to sneak in through the back door via recess appointments. These nominations should not be given the blind deference that the administration and union bosses believe they are entitled to. 


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