House Committee on Education and Labor
U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon
Ranking Member

Fiscally responsible reforms for students, workers and retirees.


February 4, 2010

When Union Bosses Say, “Jump” …

“We are very close to the 60 votes we need. It we aren't able to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, we will work with President Obama and Vice President Biden and their appointees to the National Labor Relations Board to change the rules governing forming a union through administrative action…” (Stewart Acuff, “Restoring the Right to Form Unions and Bargain Collectively,” Huffington Post, 02.03.10)


… Democrats Ask, “How High?” 

Democrats are mulling the use of recess appointments to overcome the Senate GOP’s newfound ability to block Obama administration appointments to judicial and regulatory posts. … Republicans on Thursday appeared poised to flex their newfound muscle and filibuster a Democratic National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominee … A spokeswoman for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, ‘Sen. Reid is committed to doing what is necessary to bring the nomination [of Craig Becker] to the floor as soon as possible and get his nomination confirmed.’ Becker, a union lawyer and law professor, has drawn heavy opposition from business groups and GOP senators, who pressed for a rare NLRB confirmation hearing held on Feb. 2.” (Seth Stern, “Recess Appointments Eyed To Surmount GOP Filibusters of Nominees,” CQ Today, 02.04.10)