After being smacked down in Federal court for his unconstitutional appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, President Obama is re-nominating his appointees. This time, they will have to get Senate approval before going to work.
from the Hill:
President Obama on Wednesday asked the Senate to confirm two members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) whose recess appointments were ruled unconstitutional.
Obama sent the Senate a package of nominations that included NLRB Members Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, who were both installed at the agency in a show of power that was ruled invalid by a federal court.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled last month that Block and Griffin’s recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional. Since then, Republicans have sought to challenge decisions made by the labor board during the tenures of Block and Griffin, which began in January 2012.
Forty GOP senators sent a letter Block and Griffin last month urging them to step down. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) have also introduced legislation that would freeze work at the NLRB and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) due to the controversy over the recess appointments.
The White House said it disagrees with the court ruling. The administration is expected to appeal the decision.
I think the GOP should block the nominations and urge the courts to invalidate the hundreds of regulations that these unconstitutional appointees have made in the last few months.