U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today released the following statement after President Barack Obama appointed Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):
"This President seems more interested in playing politics and currying favor with his base than he does in actually leading the country. The nominations of Ms. Block and Mr. Griffin have not been appropriately vetted for appointment to a board with this much power. I have questions about the NLRB's past actions -- and threats of future action -- against companies trying to expand their business in right to work states, such as Nebraska, and American workers deserve to know how these newly-appointed board members would rule."
Johanns, along with every Senate Republican, sent the President a letter before Christmas requesting that he allow a "full and thorough review" of NLRB nominees through "regular order in the Senate." Johanns said in the letter that appointing these members "would, at the very least, set a dangerous precedent that would most certainly be exploited in future cases to further marginalize the Senate's role in confirming nominees and could needlessly provoke a constitutional conflict between the Senate and the White House." The letter was sent shortly after the President nominated Block and Griffin.