Enzi, Hatch Urge Withdrawal of Becker Nomination

Senate Republicans “are once again taking on the president’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board,” POLITICO reports.

Craig Becker has drawn the ire of Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who sent a letter to the president Tuesday calling on him to [withdraw] the board nominee who they view as too cozy with labor unions for a board that is expected to be an “impartial authority ensuring organizing freedom in the workplace.”

“We are writing to urge you to withdraw the nomination of Craig Becker to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board,” wrote Enzi and Hatch in a letter signed by the entire GOP caucus.

The White House nominated Becker to the NLRB for a second time last week to the five-member board. Becker failed to get the required 60 votes to proceed on his nomination in February 2010, but President Barack Obama made a recess appointment the following month that enabled him to serve until January 2011.

Enzi and Hatch, the ranking members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Finance Committee, respectively, wrote Becker’s performance so far on the board has not quieted their concerns.


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