Republican senators send letter demanding that President Obama withdraw the nominations of Lafe Solomon and Craig Becker

Led by Conservative firebrand Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) 18 Republican Senators have sent a letter to President Obama, demanding that he “fix” the NLRB. Although the letter purports to be in regards to the complaint filed by the NLRB against The Boeing Company, the Senators’ letter focuses mostly on President Obama’s appointees to positions in the NLRB.

Using the president’s own phrase, the letter charges that “recent actions by your handpicked political appointees” at the NLRB make it more “for America to win the future.” The letter directly references the Boeing complaint, which it calls “unprecedented” and “an attack on millions of workers in 22 right-to-work states.” The senators suggest that rather than an isolated complaint stemming from allegedly coercive remarks made by Boeing executives, the complaint is actually “a government-led act of intimidation against American companies that should have the freedom to choose to build plants in right-to-work states.”

The letter states that right-to-work states perform better than unionized states, then pivots to an attack on the president’s appointees to the labor board. The letter noted that Solomon has not appeared for a Senate confirmation hearing and has not had a vote. The letter also notes the recess appointment of Craig Becker, which the president was forced to make after the minority party used procedural mechanisms to deny Becker and up or down vote; the letter’s assertion that “the Senate rejected his nomination in February 2010″ is not, therefore, strictly true.

Thanks to these appointments, the senators charge, “the Senate has been unacceptably denied the ability to exercise its constitutional duty of advice and consent in regards to the NLRB.” The senators propose that the president withdraw the nominations. If he does not, the senators have threatened to “vigorously oppose both nominations, vote against cloture and use all procedural tools available to defeat their confirmation in the Senate.” Such threats, doubtlessly have factored into the president’s decision to have Solomon and Becker serve in their “acting” capacities.

Source: CCH Editorial Staff.