Congressman Tim Scott (SC-01) and Governor Nikki Haley released the following statements today regarding the President's recess appointments of three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as well as of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Precedent calls for the House and Senate to be out of session for at least three days in order for a recess appointment to be made - however, the U.S. Senate was in session yesterday.
"It is disheartening that President Obama has ignored historical precedent with these appointments. When he campaigned, he said he wanted to change Washington. This is politics at its worst and business as usual," Scott said. "Additionally, the President clearly does not understand the potential damage an out-of-control NLRB can do to our nation's economy. We saw a glimpse of that potential in my district when the NLRB sued Boeing for no rational reason, and last September the House passed legislation I introduced which would remove the ability of the board to actively destroy American jobs."
"These recess appointments, which will energize unions across the country in advance of this year's election, represent an outrageous abuse of the president's power," Governor Haley said. "With the unprecedented attack on Boeing, South Carolina has seen first-hand what the NLRB is willing to do to American jobs and American workers. Today's actions are just another example of how far this president will go to keep the support of his union political allies - and frankly, it's shameful."
Scott noted, "The NLRB's recent track record shows it has been guided by political agendas, instead of acting as the unbiased arbiter it was created to be. Board members must be properly scrutinized to ensure this cannot continue, and that the workplace rights of all Americans are protected. With recess appointments, this important vetting process simply doesn't happen. Instead of moving towards accountability, today the President took the unprecedented step of making recess appointments when the Senate was not officially in recess. This is certainly a questionable action constitutionally, and is yet one more sign the President is out of touch with America."