Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today supported a measure to halt rulings made by National Labor Relations Board appointees who the Washington, D.C. Federal Court of Appeals found were unconstitutionally appointed by the Obama administration. The bill, HR 1120, was passed by the House and will now be considered in the Senate.
“The House acted today to prevent board members appointed in violation of the Constitution from ruling on cases,” said LaMalfa. “This effort to sidestep the Constitution turned a board meant as a neutral arbitrator of disputes into an unabashedly biased organization issuing anti-employer decisions in almost every instance. Entities like the NLRB must be impartial, but these illegal appointments deprived Americans across the country of their right to due process.”
The court found that the administration’s classification of the board members as “recess appointments” exempt from immediate Senate confirmation was “Constitutionally invalid”, as the Senate was in session when the appointments occurred.