U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the committee overseeing labor policy, today released the following statement on the announcement that the Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of the president's January 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board:
"It is good news for American workers and employers that the Supreme Court will rule on whether the Senate or the president decides when the Senate is in session. In the meantime, the Senate should pass my bill to stop the National Labor Relations Board from issuing more decisions and creating more workplace uncertainty until the Supreme Court has reached a decision."
Alexander introduced the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act in April with 11 Republican co-sponsors. It is an identical Senate companion to H.R. 1120, which was introduced by Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and passed the House on April 12.
The legislation would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action that requires a quorum until the board members constituting the quorum have been confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of the appointments to the board made in January 2012, or the first session of the 113th Congress is adjourned.