Alexander Votes Against Craig Becker

Posted on February 9, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement regarding his vote against the nomination of Craig Becker to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): 

“I have said that a president is entitled to name his team, except in extreme circumstances, and Mr. Becker is one of those rare cases. He has written that the National Labor Relations Board has the authority to make labor policy—bypassing Congress altogether. For example, he has said the NLRB can make union representation mandatory in workplaces without first having to debate this radical idea in Congress. This and other policies he supports would make it harder for Tennesseans to find good jobs, which makes him exactly the wrong nominee for the National Labor Relations Board.”

Mr. Becker received 52 votes.  Under Senate rules, 60 votes were required.