Obama Uses Recess Appointment for Labor Official
While no one was at work...
9:58 AM, Mar 29, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Over the weekend, which kicked off Congress's Easter recess, President Obama appointed Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board, bypassing the Senate. This appointment happened immediately after all 41 Senate Republicans sent a letter to the president that asked specifically for Becker not to be appointed in this manner. (Indeed, Massachusetts senator Scott Brown asked to be seated early after his election in order, among other reasons, to be able to thwart Becker's appointment.)
Craig Becker is Card Check's best hope. He is a radical pro-labor union, anti-small business advocate. His appointment has long been worrisome because it is seen as a way for the president to administer its radical labor agenda through the National Labor Relations Board. It's only fitting, then, that Obama would use a recess appointment to place Becker, even after all Republicans signaled strong opposition and at least two Democrats joined their cause.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement: