Skip to comments.Senate confirms all five NLRB members
Posted on 07/30/2013 4:14:06 PM PDT by onyx
After a contentious fight over some of President Obamas nominees, the Senate confirmed five members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
On Tuesday, the Senate voted to clear all five nominees Harry Johnson III, Philip Miscimarra, Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa and Mark Pearce.
Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on the NLRB nominees as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch nominations. Two of the NLRB nominees confirmed were GOP picks Johnson and Miscimarra and Schiffer, Hirozawa and Pearce were Obama's nominees.
As part of the deal, Obama had to withdraw the nominations of Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the NLRB. Block and Griffin were recess appointments to the labor board, but their appointments were ruled unconstitutional in federal court and drew fierce opposition from Republicans.
Because of the bipartisan deal that was reached on the presidents nominees, it looks like we finally have a path forward to fully confirm the National Labor Relations Board, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said ahead of the votes. It will be the first time in over a decade that this has happened. It is long past time to put the board back in business and tone down the rhetoric.
Democrats wanted to ensure vacancies on the board were filled before the August recess because on Aug. 27, Pearces term as NLRB chairman was set to end, meaning the board wouldnt have had a quorum to rule on decisions.
On Tuesday, Hirozawa and Schiffer were confirmed on 54-44 votes, Pearce was reconfirmed on a 59-38 vote, Johnson and Miscimarra were confirmed on voice-vote.
The NLRB settles labor disputes within the United States for businesses and protects workers rights.
This board is an important safeguard for workers in America regardless of whether the employees are union or non-union, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. Without the work of the NLRB, employees who have been cheated and treated unfairly would have no entity to address the wrongs.
Schiffer was a former associate general counsel to the AFL-CIO, and Hirozawa served as chief counsel to Pearce before being nominated.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said he wouldnt vote to confirm Hirozawa or Schiffe because he was afraid the nominees would be biased in favor of unions.
Fairness and impartiality is what I look for in an NLRB nominee, Alexander said Tuesday. Two of those nominees do not meet that standard.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to advance the nominations of Schiffe and Hirozawa last week the committee cleared the other three in May.
Why not—just give him everything he asks for, and be done with it.
Republicans - full of sound & fury signifying nothing.
Might as well put sj lee in at DHS... you know boehner really wants to do it.
What's the over/under on this promise? Six months, maybe?
I don’t know.
Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on the NLRB nominees as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch nominations. Two of the NLRB nominees confirmed were GOP picks -- Johnson and Miscimarra -- and Schiffer, Hirozawa and Pearce were Obama's nominees... Obama had to withdraw the nominations of Sharon Block and Richard Griffin... Block and Griffin were recess appointments to the labor board, but their appointments were ruled unconstitutional in federal court...
Why do we need an NLRB anyway? Defund it and shut it down.
Hey look, the Senate made a “deal” and replaced 0bama’s illegal recess appointee Communists with different appointee Communists!
The mouse that roared.
Their 1st order of business will be to exempt all labor unions from obamacare.
Unless I'm missing something here, it doesn't seem that the Pubbies lost all that much in this deal. The party in the WH traditionally get the majority on these five-person commissions and boards by 3 to 2 anyhow. And they can breathe easier that there won't be any change in Senate rules re filibustering nominations.
The GOP Senate caucus.
Nope, just the ones who didn’t actually read, the ones who preferred to jump to already-held conclusions based on the headline.
That's a lie and if any agency needs to be ended this is an easy one.
“if any agency needs to be ended this is an easy one”
Yeah, you’ll notice that isn’t even on the table.
Tell us again just how conservative the GOP is?
Sound yes, fury.... I missed that one.
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