Republican Senators Warn Obama on Recess Appointment of NLRB Nominee

March 25, 2010 - 11:18 AM
Republicans and business groups portray Craig Becker as a radical who would push an aggressively pro-union agenda.
Washington (AP) - President Barack Obama could make his first recess appointment during the upcoming Easter break, but it won't come without strong pushback from Republicans.
 
All 41 GOP senators sent a letter to Obama on Thursday urging him not to appoint union lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board when Congress goes into recess starting next week.
 
Republicans and business groups portray Becker as a radical who would push an aggressively pro-union agenda. Democrats call him eminently qualified to serve on the board that certifies union elections. The GOP has blocked Becker's confirmation for months. Senate Democrats could not muster 60 votes last month to move it forward.
 
The board has been forced to postpone hundreds of cases because three of its five seats are vacant.