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Obama bypasses Senate to fill labor board posts

Obama bypasses Senate to fill labor board posts

POSTED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 9:59pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 1:19pm

 President Barack Obama is bypassing GOP opposition to make three more recess appointments - this time to the National Labor Relations Board.

The move came hours after Obama used a similar tactic to install former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

Both moves infuriated GOP leaders, who threatened legal action and warned that Obama was setting a dangerous precedent by ignoring the will of Congress.

The NLRB has been a target of Republicans who claim it has tilted too far in favor of unions. Senate Republicans had pledged to block Obama from making any further board appointments.

The agency usually has five members but has been operating with just three.

It lost another member this week, leaving it unable to reach major decisions.

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Good for President Obama! The repubs are okay with the over 60 recess appointments bush made at the same time in his presidency but are whining about this one of only 32 the current president has made in the same time frame. Tough luck, repubs! For a party that has "no" tatooed on its collective forehead, "gottcha"! President Obama is working for the middle class and the poor, something the teavangelical/repub/libertarian candidates couldn't care about any less. OBAMA 11/6/2012!

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