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Senate confirms all five NLRB members
The Hill ^ | 07/30/13 06:15 PM ET | By Ramsey Cox

Posted on 07/30/2013 4:14:06 PM PDT by onyx

After a contentious fight over some of President Obama’s 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 president’s 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, Pearce’s term as NLRB chairman was set to end, meaning the board wouldn’t 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 wouldn’t 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.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 5confirmed; constitution; constitutionbedamned; nlrb; nlrbmembers; randsconcerntrolls; recessappointments; ussenate

1 posted on 07/30/2013 4:14:06 PM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx

Why not—just give him everything he asks for, and be done with it.


2 posted on 07/30/2013 4:16:35 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: onyx

Cowards.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 4:17:05 PM PDT by South40
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To: onyx

Republicans - full of sound & fury signifying nothing.


4 posted on 07/30/2013 4:18:00 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: onyx

Might as well put sj lee in at DHS... you know boehner really wants to do it.

LLS


5 posted on 07/30/2013 4:19:31 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: onyx
What a weight off my mind to know that I'll never hear Harry Reid threatening to use the "Nuclear Option" ever again!

What's the over/under on this promise? Six months, maybe?

6 posted on 07/30/2013 4:22:52 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Yep.


7 posted on 07/30/2013 4:23:40 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: ZOOKER

LOL.
I don’t know.


8 posted on 07/30/2013 4:24:00 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: South40

Commies


9 posted on 07/30/2013 4:28:41 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
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...

10 posted on 07/30/2013 4:32:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: onyx

Why do we need an NLRB anyway? Defund it and shut it down.


11 posted on 07/30/2013 4:37:13 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: onyx

Hey look, the Senate made a “deal” and replaced 0bama’s illegal recess appointee Communists with different appointee Communists!


12 posted on 07/30/2013 4:39:46 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Maceman

Republicans?

The mouse that roared.


13 posted on 07/30/2013 4:39:57 PM PDT by Progov
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To: onyx

Their 1st order of business will be to exempt all labor unions from obamacare.


14 posted on 07/30/2013 4:44:22 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: SunkenCiv; All
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...

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.

15 posted on 07/30/2013 4:58:10 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: onyx

The GOP Senate caucus.

16 posted on 07/30/2013 5:28:44 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: justiceseeker93

Nope, just the ones who didn’t actually read, the ones who preferred to jump to already-held conclusions based on the headline.


17 posted on 07/30/2013 5:30:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: onyx
The NLRB settles labor disputes within the United States for businesses and protects workers’ rights.

That's a lie and if any agency needs to be ended this is an easy one.

18 posted on 07/30/2013 8:04:23 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

“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?


19 posted on 07/30/2013 8:09:26 PM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: skeeter

Sound yes, fury.... I missed that one.


20 posted on 07/30/2013 8:14:28 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: onyx; mickie; flaglady47; seekthetruth; ExTexasRedhead; Bob Ireland; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; ..
Another elephant/donkey compromise....the Dems demand 100%, the GOP demands 100%......the Dems and GOP reach a compromise with the Dems agreeing to 60% and the GOP agreeing to 40%......and both sides adjourn to the Senate watering hole happy as larks.....each having beat the other side WAY down.

"Compromise" is a such wonderful thing....so sophisticated, so civilized, so American.

Leni

21 posted on 07/30/2013 8:24:59 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: DarkWaters

It went away with their spines...


22 posted on 07/31/2013 1:05:16 AM PDT by snuffy smiff (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.)
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To: highball

The House GOP is as conservative as it has ever been in two generations. As conservatives we have to remember to gain what is possible, while keeping our eye fixed on the higher goal.

Politics is all about compromise. The most important thing to me is that we’re moving in the right direction despite a militant hard left Democratic controlled Senate and a radical communist pro-MB White House.

We’re going pretty good considering we only have 1/3 of the federal power and they have mass media, government schooling, the entire federal bureaucracy and every crony capitalist on their side.

I believe the real revolution is already underway, but it is in the states. Once the change comes it will be obvious, but GOP governors on the state level are really changing things. It’s why the Dems are pushing for amnesty and attacking Southern states on voting rights. They know their goose is cooked.


23 posted on 07/31/2013 5:44:21 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Progov
Roared?

Where?

24 posted on 07/31/2013 6:28:06 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was right (again)!)
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To: MinuteGal

Adolf would have loved these goons, IMO.


25 posted on 07/31/2013 6:44:24 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: LibLieSlayer

“Might as well put sj lee in at DHS”

If it will get her fat stupid a$$ out of Texas, OK.


26 posted on 07/31/2013 7:09:19 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: MinuteGal
***It is long past time to put the board back in business and tone down the rhetoric . . .
... on Aug. 27, Pearce’s term as NLRB chairman was set to end, meaning the board wouldn’t have had a quorum to rule on decisions
***

The value of this escapes me... rather than 'put the board back in business' why not defund it and put it OUT of business! OR - leave it without a quorum to rule... This is nothing but an organ of the communist autocracy... telling Boeing Space that they could not open a plant in S. Car. because it is a non-union state - with no Constitutional authority whatsoever. No what authority?

27 posted on 07/31/2013 8:11:23 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: Slambat

:-)!


28 posted on 07/31/2013 9:36:05 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: onyx; All

The following material as it relates to this thread has been previously posted concerning related issues in other threads. I’m reposting it in case some freepers haven’t seen it.

The there are major constitutional problems with the NLRB imo. More specifically, not only have the states never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate labor, but even if the states had done so please consider the following.

The Founding States had made the Constitution’s Sections 1-3 of Article I to clarify that all federal legislative powers are vested in the elected members of Congress. So Congress has a constitutional monopoly on federal legislative powers whether it wants it not imo. So even if the states had delegated to Congress the specific power to regulate labor, Congress has no business delegating such powers to nonelected bureaucrats. By doing so Congress is wrongly protecting federal legislative powers from the wrath of the voters.

Again, the states have never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate labor issues.


29 posted on 07/31/2013 3:42:45 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: 1010RD

So where exactly did the Dems compromise here? Withdrawing illegal appointments? WOW. What a defeat.

Where exactly has this “most conservative House in two generations” engaged Obama directly on these scandals? They simply haven’t. How long are you planning on waiting for action?

Your mistake is believing the beltway GOP leadership has the same “higher goals” as we do. As Ryan and Rubio are currently showing, they don’t.

You seem to be ok with a corporatist accommodating GOP pimping out Main Street for campaign payola. I am not. To each his own.


30 posted on 08/01/2013 7:48:17 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: ZOOKER

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31 posted on 11/22/2013 6:42:50 AM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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