Rep. Maloney Statement On President Obama's Recess Appointments To The National Labor Relations Board
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement on President Obama’s recess appointments of Richard Griffin, Sharon Block and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):
"I applaud President Obama for taking decisive action to protect the rights of working Americans by filling three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. In so doing, he is enabling this important institution to function by ensuring that its five-member Board can muster a quorum and be fully operational in carrying out its critical mission, which includes supervising union elections, serving as an impartial arbiter of disputes between private-sector workers and employers, and issuing new regulations.
“Republican congressional leadership has reached a new extreme: they have clearly shown that they intend to use the Senate confirmation process, not merely to mount roadblocks against presidential nominees, but to prevent entire government agencies from functioning whatsoever. For government agencies like the NLRB, which is charged with ensuring fairness and justice for workers and employers, or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose mission is to protect consumers, investors and homeowners, recess appointments are proving the only recourse in ensuring that they are able to carry out their legally mandated duties. The American people deserve no less.”
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