Senate Republicans Block Obama's Radical SEIU Pick For National Labor Relations Board
Senate Republicans today blocked Barack Obama’s radical pick for the National Labor Relations Board 52-33.
Two democrats, Obamacare supporters Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson, joined the Republicans in the vote to reject Craig Becker for the post.
Senate Republicans have succeeded in blocking President Barack Obama’s choice of a union lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board.
The 52-33 vote to move forward with the nomination of Craig Becker fell short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.
Republicans have held up Becker’s confirmation for months. They say Becker would push an aggressive union agenda at the agency that referees labor disputes between unions and management.
The task for Democratic leaders turned more difficult when at least two Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the lawyer.
Blanche Lincoln just wasted her vote. She’s gone in November no matter how she votes for the rest of the year. She might as well keep hanging with the radicals. It’s only a matter of time before she gets her pink slip from the voters.
The Washington Examiner has more on Obama’s radical pick:
As a law professor, Becker had written a law review article about how the NLRB could be used to remake labor regulations in favor of unions without congressional approval. More recently, Becker had acted as counsel for the SEIU and AFL-CIO. Becker was perceived by opponents as marching in lockstep with a Big Labor agenda and unlikely to give businesses a fair shake on the NLRB.
The Wall Street Journal called Beck, “Andy Stern’s go-to guy.”
Senator Scott Brown opposed Obama’s radical pick.