Fox In The Hen House Alert!


While the mice are away, the cat made a play today. Obama jammed his finger in the eye of American businesses again by recess appointing Craig Becker, formerly a radical Service Employees International Union lawyer, to the National Labor Relations Board. What could possibly go wrong? I’m sure he’ll be nothing but fair and impartial, right?

Obama Makes Labor Board Appointment During Recess Over GOP Objections

Despite intense Republican objections, President Obama on Saturday used recess appointments to fill 15 administration posts without Senate confirmation, including Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

By filling the jobs while Congress is in recess, Obama gets around Senate confirmation. Obama justified the move by charging Republicans with playing politics with his administration nominees.

“The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees. But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis,” he said in a written statement.

All 41 Senate Republicans wrote Obama this week urging him not to use a recess appointment for Becker, a former top lawyer with Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate last month, 52-43.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also wrote Obama on behalf of 20 business groups that opposed Becker’s nomination and decried the recess appointment.

“This recess appointment disregards the Senate’s bipartisan rejection of Craig Becker’s nomination to the NLRB,” Chamber Vice President Randel Johnson said in a written statement.

“Overriding the will of the Senate and providing this special interest payback contradicts the president’s claim to change the tone in Washington,” he said. “The business community should be on red alert for radical changes that could significantly impair the ability of America’s job creators to compete.”

. . .

“Craig Becker stands far outside the mainstream of NLRB nominees,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a written statement Thursday. “Given the bipartisan opposition to his nomination, the administration would be wise to not circumvent the will of the Senate by recess appointing him to the NLRB.

“There is no place on this powerful board for someone who believes that card check legislation — getting rid of the secret union ballot — can be enacted surreptitiously through regulation.”

Sen. John McCain said the Senate has already delivered its verdict on Becker’s ability to serve impartially on the labor board.

“If this administration chooses to recess appoint Mr. Becker, it would be just another example of putting the will of one special interest group over the will of the American people,” he said.

. . ..

Democratic groups, such as the AFL-CIO, have said Becker’s an experienced advocate for worker rights and have decried GOP “obstructionism.”

See also:
Obama issues 15 recess appointments
Obama Bypasses Senate, Makes Appointments to NLRB, Treasury
Obama bypasses Senate to appoint key nominees
Obama Uses Recess Power To Appoint 15
Obama to make recess appointments to 15 administration posts
UPDATE 1-Obama makes 15 recess appointments, blames Republicans
Obama announces 15 recess appointments, scolds GOP
Labor group praises Obama for appointing Becker, Pearce
If President Obama Cared About Jobs, He Would Have Tabled Becker’s Nomination
Craig Becker
SEIU – Service Employees International Union
US Chamber of Commerce
NLRB :: National Labor Relations Board

Can you say incestuous political payback for Obama’s union cronies? Sure, I knew you could.

/for someone who claims to be a pro-business free market capitalist, Obama sure as hell behaves like an anti-business big government socialist and actions speak louder than lip service

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