Alexander Statement on President’s Nominations to National Labor Relations Board
Tuesday, April 09, 2013Liz Wolgemuth 202-228-4729
Washington, D.C., April 9 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on the president’s announcement that he intends to nominate Harry I. Johnson, III and Philip A. Miscimarra, and renominate Mark Gaston Pearce, to the National Labor Relations Board:
“As tradition requires, the president has properly nominated two Republicans to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. It is now the Senate’s role to exercise advice and consent on the nominees. As the Senate considers the nominees, the two individuals who were unconstitutionally appointed should leave, because the decisions in which they continue to participate are invalid.”
On February 13, Alexander called on Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to “leave the board,” after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in January ruled their appointments to the NLRB by President Obama during a so-called “recess” session of the United States Senate were unconstitutional.
Since January’s federal court ruling that the alleged appointments were invalid, the NLRB has issued 35 published decisions and 86 unpublished.
Alexander introduced a budget amendment last month with 17 cosponsors to defund decisions and regulations made by the unconstitutional NLRB “quorum.”
# # #
- Murray, Democrats Launch Effort Highlighting Benefits of Prevention and Public Health Fund for Families and Communities [Ranking Member]
- GAO Report Shows Drastic State Cuts to UI Benefits Harmed Job Seekers & Increased Costs for U.S. Taxpayers [Ranking Member]
- Alexander, Murray Announce Higher Education Act Reauthorization Working Groups [Ranking Member]
- Alexander, Murray Announce Higher Education Act Reauthorization Working Groups [Chairman]
- Murray: Accountability is Key for Protecting Taxpayer Dollars and Helping Students Succeed in Higher Ed [Ranking Member]
- Alexander: If Colleges Share in the Risk of Student Loan Defaults, They Can Help Reduce Overborrowing—and the Cost of College [Chairman]