Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Nelson Supports Republican Filibuster of Becker to NLRB; Game Not Over Yet

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Monday evening that he will support a Republican-led filibuster over President Barack Obama's controversial nominee, Craig Becker, to serve on the National Labor Relations Board.

This is another example of a Democrat making an "adjustment" for re-election purposes.

Senate Democrats need 60 votes, one more than they control since Scott Brown of Massachusetts was sworn into office last week, to clear a GOP procedural hurdle to advance Becker to final Senate confirmation. That procedural vote had been scheduled for Monday but was postponed until Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see if it occurs at all in light of Nelson's defection.

Democrats like Blanche Lincoln are probably breathing a sigh of relief since they may not be put into a position of supporting a far-left wing (some would label "radical") labor union proponent to the National Labor Relations Board.

Is the game over? Not hardly.

The White House, however, is not out of bullets yet. The President could wait for the Senate to recess and the President then nominate Becker as a "recess-appointment" which would put him on the Board until next December.

It shall be interesting . . .

You can read more at: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32705.html#ixzz0f3YgVbX6


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