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FLASHBACK: Bush Recess Appointed 7 of 9 NLRB Members

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  • Peter J. Hurtgen (R) served under recess appointment by President Bush from 8/31/01 - 8/1/02.

  • Michael J. Bartlett (R) served entire term under recess appointment by President Bush. 01/22/02 - 11/22/02

  • William B. Cowen (R) served entire term under recess appointment by President Bush. 01/22/02 - 11/22/02

  • R. Alexander Acosta (R) was confirmed 11/22/02 and served from 12/17/02 - 08/21/03

  • Robert J. Battista (R) was confirmed by the Senate on 11/22/02 and served from 12/17/02 - 12/16/07

  • Peter C. Schaumber (R) served under recess appointment by President Bush from 9/1/05 - 8/3/06

  • Ronald E. Meisburg (R) served under recess appointment by President Bush from 01/12/04 - 12/08/04.

  • Peter N. Kirsanow (R) served under recess appointment by President Bush from 01/04/06 - 12/31/07

  • Dennis P. Walsh (D) serving under recess appointment by President Bush from 01/17/06 - present.
  • The GOP's stated objection to Becker is that he's too pro-labor, but many of Bush's NLRB picks were corporate lawyers who represented firms in labor disputes.

    Nevertheless, after a small minority blocked Becker's confirmation, trumping the 52 vote majority, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said "I sincerely hope the White House does not circumvent the will of the Senate by appointing him when the Senate is out of session."

    However, with dozens of executive branch nominees backlogged by Republican obstruction, Obama has threatened to go there, and he has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka to do so. Will he go there?

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