In July, Senate Democrats forced through several of President
Obama's controversial executive branch nominations that had been
blocked for months because of Republican delaying tactics. With
several key executive branch positions now filled, businesses are
likely to see increased regulatory activity during the next few
After Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) threatened to use the
so-called "nuclear option" of changing Senate rules to eliminate
the ability of senators to filibuster presidential appointees,
Republicans allowed several nominations to move to a Senate vote.
This included the nomination of Thomas Perez for secretary of
labor, who was approved in late July on a straight party-line
Also part of the Senate agreement, the White House agreed to
withdraw the full nominations of Sharon Block and Richard Griffin
to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), two nominees Obama
installed as temporary "recess" appointments in 2012. The
withdrawal of the nominations was a victory for NRCA and the Coalition for a Democratic
Workplace (CDW), which had requested they be withdrawn given the
ongoing legal challenge to their...
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