Showing posts with label filibuster. Show all posts
Showing posts with label filibuster. Show all posts

Friday, February 12, 2010

Breaking: No Recess Appointment for Craig Becker

According to the Huffington Post, President Obama will NOT be using a recess appointment to place SEIU's Craig Becker onto the National Labor Relations Board.

One of the more remarkable aspects of President Obama's decision to not make immediate recess appointments as a concession for Senate Republicans confirming 27 nominees is the muted reaction from the labor community.

Among those on the losing end of the deal struck between Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are labor unions. Craig Becker, the president's nominee for the National Labor Relations Board who was filibustered by the Senate this past week, will not get the recess appointment next week that union officials were hoping. Instead, his nomination is either dead or put on hold until the next Senate recess at the end of March.

Read HuffPo's whole piece here.

How are union bosses reacting to the President's poke in their eye?  Well, as any union would, the AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka is blaming the GOP.

Senate Republican obstructionists are working overtime to block the interests of working people. Today we hear the White House and Senate have cut a deal with Republicans that will keep President Obama's nominees off the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for even longer.


Yesterday, in a deal with the Republican minority, the Senate confirmed 27 non-controversial Obama appointees. The White House apparently has agreed not to make Presidents Day recess appointments -- a process that allows the president to temporarily appoint his own nominee while Congress is out of session. That means NLRB nominees -- and working people -- are out in the cold.

It's surprising that a union negotiator like Mr. Trumka has forgotten that it usually takes two for a "deal" to become a "deal."


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SEIU's Stern: Some Senate Dems are 'terrorists'...

From HuffPo comes this amazingly interesting choice of words from the SEIU's lavender-lapeled lord of labor Andy Stern speaking at the Center for American Progress:
Reflecting on the policy changes that these senators [Democrats Joe Lieberman, CT and Ben Nelson, NE] secured during health care negotiations, he argued that the country "should send the national security people over to [the Senate to] explain to them why we don't negotiate with terrorists..."

"Because there are a lot of terrorists in the Senate who think we are supposed to negotiate with them when they have their particular needs that they want met," he added.

"Are the Senate rules really appropriate for a 21st-century country where we can create gridlock by very limited hard work?" Stern added. "If we are going to have filibusters, let's at least have a debate. At least make people go to the floor. Let's put the cots on the floor permanently... Change can easily die in the wells of the Senate."

Asked how badly he wanted filibuster reform, he replied: "Very badly."

One could snidely comment about Stern's use of the term terrorist It takes one to know one.  (But we won't.)

"I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes." Thomas Paine December 23, 1776

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Friday, September 18, 2009


Big News on the health care and EFCA debates: The Massachusetts legislature approved giving Democrat governor Devil Patrick the power to appoint an interim replacement for the late Senator, Ted Kennedy.

This will bring the Democrats the needed 60 votes in the Senate (assuming Robert Byrd [D-WV] can make it in to vote), to overcome any Repulican-led filibusters.

Read more here.

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