Alexander Statement on President Bypassing Senate With Three Recess Appointments to NLRB

Posted on January 4, 2012

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Obama’s decision to appoint, during Congress’s recess, Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

“Once again President Obama has short-circuited the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to review and confirm nominations. This is especially appalling since his other NLRB nominees have spent most of their time issuing decisions that make it harder and more expensive to create good new jobs in the United States.”

Last month, Senator Alexander joined all 47 Republican senators in sending a letter to the president, urging him not to undermine the Senate’s advice-and-consent role by attempting to place his recent nominees to the NLRB through recess appointments and, instead, allow for a full and thorough review of their qualifications through regular order.

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