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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions September 16, 2014
Lamar Alexander, R-TN
"Mr. President, today I am introducing the NLRB Reform Act with Senator McConnell. Our legislation is very simple. It will change the NLRB from an advocate to an umpire. That is the role the National Labor Relations Board was always supposed to have. The Board was created 79 years ago to act as an impartial umpire in labor disputes that threaten the free flow of commerce. The Board’s decisions affect millions of private sector workers. But over time the Board has become an advocate for one interest group or the other, changing positions with each new administration."
Bank On Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act—Motion To Proceed September 16, 2014
Mitch McConnell, R-KY
"Here is the issue: Everybody is familiar with the President’s unconstitutional effort to pack the National Labor Relations Board with liberal partisans back in early 2012. Some people are also familiar with the NLRB‘s more recent effort to undermine secret ballots for union elections, allow labor bosses access to sensitive employee information without their consent, and prevent companies from building factories in States with laws the President’s picks don’t like."
Supreme Court Decision June 26, 2014
Mitch McConnell, R-KY
"As my Republican colleagues and I have said all along, President Obama’s so-called recess appointments to the NLRB in 2012 were a wholly unprecedented act of lawlessness. The President defied the Senate’s determination that it was meeting regularly, and the Supreme Court unanimously—unanimously—agreed with us."
Recess Appointment Decision June 26, 2014
Michael Enzi, R-WY
"Madam President, I wish to applaud the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision that the President’s January 4, 2012 appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional. As you know, I was the Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in 2012, and when these appointments were made I expressed my concern with the administration’s contempt for small businesses and the Senate’s confirmation and vetting process. I was also proud to cosign an amicus brief led by our Republican leader against these pro-forma session appointments."
Advice And Consent June 26, 2014
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"So when faced with our legitimate and lawful use of the powers endowed in the legislative branch by the Constitution, what did the Obama administration do? Did it seek to accommodate our concerns about the unconstitutional structure and unprecedented powers of the CFPB? Did the President seek to help develop a compromise package of the NLRB nominees, as Ted Kennedy and I always did? Sadly, no. Instead, President Obama simply proclaimed that he “wouldn’t take no for an answer” despite what the Constitution may say. He chose instead to use—or rather abuse—the recess appointment power to install these four nominees, including two who had been nominated only 2 weeks before—hardly long enough for the Senate to vet them thoroughly. But, of course, we were not in “the Recess of the Senate” that the Constitution requires to activate the recess appointment power. Even the Solicitor General admitted that a 3-day adjournment was too short to allow the President to bypass the Senate lawfully."

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