Obama to Nominate Labor Board Members

Posted at: 04/09/2013 10:17 AM
By: SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is nominating five candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.

Obama is urging the Senate to move swiftly in confirming the slate of three Democrats and two Republicans.

The move comes as House Republicans prepare to vote this week on a measure that would effectively shut down the board until it has permanent members confirmed by the Senate.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in January that Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on the board after Republicans blocked his nominations. Since then, Republicans have claimed the board lacks any legitimacy to act.

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