President Barack Obama used his recess powers on January 4th to fill three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Labor groups, including the AFL-CIO, applauded the President for “exercising his constitutional authority to ensure that crucially important agencies protecting workers and consumers are not shut down by Republican obstructionism.” Similarly, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis praised the President for making the NLRB appointments and said that if he had not made the recess appointments, Republicans would have continued blocking nominees to the detriment of the economy. In a statement explaining his decision, President Obama said:
The American people deserve to have qualified public servants fighting for them every day – whether it is to enforce new consumer protections or uphold the rights of working Americans. We can’t wait to act to strengthen the economy and restore security for our middle class and those trying to get in it.
I join with those commending the President for these appointments. Congress has an obligation to the American people to allow appointments to be either approved or rejected within a reasonable time. Holding up appointments – solely for partisan political reasons – to important boards and agencies is not the way to do business.
Source: Huffington Post
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