Obama Cynically Ups The Ante With Newest Nominations To His Illegitimate NLRB
Obama’s NLRB nominations this week are nothing more than a political ploy–aimed at setting up Senate Republicans. As a result, it would be foolish for Republicans to jump on some backroom, deal-making bandwagon.
Obama’s ‘recess’ appointments were found to be unconstitutional. He undermined his own claim that they were constitutional by immediately re-nominating them. Therefore, Republicans should let the Supreme Court decide on the Block and Griffin appointments, since a three-to-two union majority does nothing at all to change the radical nature of the NLRB.Read More »
A Sign Of The Things To Come? Hospital Chain Gives Obama’s NLRB & SEIU The Finger
In a move that may become more prevalent among employers–as in epidemic–a California hospital chain is refusing to comply with rulings issued by Barack Obama’s constitutionally-questionable National Labor Relations Board.Read More »
White House: The DC Circuit Court has made its NLRB decision…
…now let it enforce it: President Obama’s spokesman denounced the invalidation of the so-called ‘recess’ appointments as a “novel and unprecedented ruling,” adding that the decision has “no impact on the ongoing operations of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “The decision is novel and unprecedented,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during the press briefing. “It contradicts 150 years of practice by Democratic | Read More »
Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointee Heads Back To AFL-CIO–With A Promotion!
It’s been five months since Barack Obama’s recess appointee to the National Labor Relations Board, SEIU and AFL-CIO attorney Craig Becker, stepped away from the union-controlled agency. Now, after a brief stint at Georgetown University, Becker’s headed back into the House of Labor—with a promotion from his previous AFL-CIO post. Prior to his time at the NLRB, Craig Becker was associate general counsel to both | Read More »
Union Bosses Applaud Obama’s Unconstitutional Appointments to Union-Controlled NLRB
On Wednesday afternoon, the current President of the United States did what may be described as an unconstitutional end run around the United States Senate by “recess appointing” three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (as well as to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) even though the Senate is not in recess. Notwithstanding the CFPB appointment, Obama’s seating of the three NLRB appointees—two of whom are | Read More »
President Obama to flip-flop on recess appointment?
CNN is just now reporting that the President plans to recess appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Such a recess appointment was previously assumed to be impossible, given that: the assumed minimum length of time is three days; and the Senate is deliberately meeting every two days in order to prevent recess appointments during that time period. The Hill helpfully notes | Read More »
NLRB Watch: Collusion Investigations & Another Union Nomination
Because there are several significant things going on with President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board, rather than doing several posts, the following is a summary of the more important issues this week: Barking Up The Wrong Tree on Boeing Issue? When the new four-year contract extension between Boeing and the Machinists union was ratified earlier this month, part of the agreement was that the union | Read More »
Shall we reconsider blocking Ambassador Robert Ford’s appointment?
I’m starting to think that the current Republican opposition to Ford’s formal appointment as ambassador to Syria, while valid in general – we’re actually not well-advised to play Albright-style kissy-face games with rogue states – may be counterproductive in this specific case. Then again, the general principle doesn’t apply here, does it? After all, Ambassador Ford is not exactly playing nice with the Assad regime; | Read More »
Republican Freshmen Say ‘No’ to Obama’s Recess Appointments
Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) has led a group of 77 Freshmen Republicans in an effort to block President Obama’s use of the recess appointment for the remainder of 2011. The coalition letter to the House Republican leadership (pdf link) contains this pledge: Rep. Landry’s statement, in part:
Is Sir Donald out as Medicare czar?
Not exactly: the Politico reports that, in wake of forty-two Senators sending a letter indicating that Sir Donald Berwick is simply unacceptable for the job of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) head*, Senate Democrats have made an answer to that by… giving up trying to get Berwick nominated. There’ll be no fight, no confirmation hearing, no standing on what the Democrats consider ‘principle.’ | Read More »
A Union Boss in Charge of Procurements? What could possibly go wrong?
If you’re anything like me, until today, you probably had very little idea what the Government Printing Office is all about. And, because there are more important things in life than keeping track of every little-known governmental agency and the administration’s various political appointees, you might have missed the White House press release letting us know that President Obama just made a whole bunch of | Read More »
Congress backstabs POTUS on recess appointments.
It seems a bit odd that Senate Democrats have agreed to use a rules technicality to prohibit the President from making any recess appointments between now and the election – particularly since Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) seemed to be suggesting earlier this week that a recess appointment for blocked OMB nominee Jacob Lew would be possible if the hold on his nomination was still | Read More »