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Kline: Unilateral Labor Board Appointment Circumvents Will of Congress

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the top Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama’s use of a recess appointment to overrule bipartisan objections and install controversial union lawyer Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board: 

“The National Labor Relations Board was designed to be an impartial arbiter to enforce labor law, not an outpost for activist legal reinterpretation. Senators on both sides of the aisle have expressed doubt about Craig Becker’s ability to fairly apply the law. Use of a recess appointment to install two Democratic nominees – including one whose radical views have sparked widespread controversy – while leaving a Republican nominee on the sidelines proves this was not about ensuring workers and employers have access to a fully functioning Board. Rather, it is simply the latest special interest giveaway in Washington’s culture of union favoritism.” 

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