U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) today released the following statement after President Obama announced three nominations for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):
While we welcome the president's long-overdue effort to resolve the crisis he created, today's announcement does not abate the chaos surrounding the National Labor Relations Board. Workers, employers, and unions are stuck in a state of legal limbo as roughly 600 decisions issued by this board remain constitutionally suspect. The House will act this week to prevent the board from exacerbating the current legal uncertainty.
The American people deserve a board that will fairly and objectively administer the law. In recent years the board has instead advanced extreme policies harmful to the rights of workers and job creators. We intend to closely follow the confirmation process and expect the nominees to demonstrate a commitment to abandon an activist agenda.
NOTE: In February, House Republican leaders urged the president to fix the crisis created by his non-recess recess appointment scheme. This week the House is expected to consider H.R. 1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act. The bill requires the board to cease all activity until the uncertainty surrounding the NLRB is resolved. The legislation also requires a constitutionally confirmed quorum of board members to review all decisions issued since January 4, 2012.