Dec 15 2011
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today said the Obama Administration was right to withdraw the nomination of Craig Becker as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and urged the President against bypassing the Senate by recess appointing Sharon Block and Richard F. Griffin, Jr., whom the White House nominated today to fill two slots at the NLRB. Becker’s confirmation was previously rejected by the Senate on a bipartisan basis, due to Becker’s controversial writings and concerns over his ability to be an impartial member of NLRB.
“Craig Becker wasn’t confirmed by the Senate for valid reasons, and the Obama Administration never should have circumvented the will of the Senate by recess appointing him,” Hatch said. “I would strongly urge the White House against bypassing the Senate and making any recess appointments to the NLRB. Americans deserve to know who these members are, what they stand for, and that they will serve them, not any special interest group.”
In March of 2010, Hatch joined with Sen. John McCain and 39 other Senators in writing to President Obama and asking that he not “overturn the bipartisan vote against the nomination of Craig Becker to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).” The Senators wrote that “We urge you not to bypass the bipartisan Senate vote by giving Mr. Becker a recess appointment to the NLRB. Taking this action would install a rejected nominee for an appointed term to the NLRB, setting an unfortunate precedent for all future nominations and future administrations.”# # #