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Harkin Statement on HELP Committee Approval of a Full Slate of Five Nominees to the NLRB

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Committee’s approval of five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“Today’s vote is a step in the right direction. Unless the Senate acts to confirm all five nominees to the NLRB, the Board will effectively shut down in August.  That would be devastating to the workers and businesses that rely on the Board each and every day.  While it is disappointing that some of my Republican colleagues refused to support the entire package of nominees in today’s Committee vote, I hope that as we move to the floor we can put politics aside and do our duty to consider all of these nominees fairly on their own merits.  This is an exceptionally well-qualified package of nominees, and they all deserve to be swiftly confirmed.” 

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