Obama Appoints Three To Labor Board, Bypasses Congress

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Only hours after appointing the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau while Congress was not in session, President Barack Obama bypassed opposition from the GOP to appoint three individuals to the National Labor Relations Board, Fox News reported.

According to the news outlet, the move was praised by union leaders, but Republicans threatened legal action and said Obama is setting a dangerous precedent in bypassing Congress.

Fox News reported that the board usually has five members, but has only been operating with three. It lost another member this week, hampering its ability to conduct regular business.

“The American people deserve to have qualified public servants fighting for them every day – whether it is to enforce new consumer protections or uphold the rights of working Americans,” said Obama during an announcement. “We can’t wait to act to strengthen the economy and restore security for our middle class and those trying to get in it, and that’s why I am proud to appoint these fine individuals to get to work for the American people.”

Reuters reported that the new members of the board will be sworn in for 18-month terms, and the five-member panel will consist of three Democrats and two Republicans.

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