Senate committee will clear Obama’s new NLRB nominees

Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on five NLRB nominations as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch nominees. Two of the NLRB nominees slated to be confirmed are GOP picks and three are Obama's.

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But as part of the deal, Obama had to withdraw the nominations of Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the NLRB. Block and Griffin were recess appointments to the labor board, but their appointments were ruled unconstitutional in federal court and drew fierce opposition from Republicans.

Democrats wanted to ensure vacancies on the board were filled before the August recess because on Aug. 27, Pearce’s term was set to end, meaning the board wouldn’t have had a quorum to rule on decisions. 

The HELP Committee will hold two hearings on the NLRB nominations — one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he could schedule a final floor vote on the nominees as early as Thursday.

Details on these and other committee hearings follow:

Senate Aging

- July 24, “Payday Loans: Short-term Solution or Long-term Problem?”

2 p.m., 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

- July 23, “Hearing to Consider Krysta Harden & Robert Bonnie for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture & Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment Respectively”

10:30 a.m., 328A Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Appropriations

Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

- July 23, “Markup: Appropriations for FY 2014 for Financial Services and General Government”

10 a.m., 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

- July 23, “Markup: Appropriations for FY 2014 for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs”

10:30 a.m., 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services

- July 25, “Nominations”

9:30 a.m., 216 Hart Senate Office Building

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

- July 24, “The FHA Solvency Act of 2013”

10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Budget

- July 23, “The Impact of Sequestration on National Security and the Economy”

10:30 a.m., 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

- July 24, “Cruise Industry Oversight: Recent Incidents Show Need for Stronger Focus on Consumer Protection”

2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

- July 23, “S. 1273, the FAIR Act of 2013”

2:30 p.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 25, “Funding the National Park System for the Next Century”

9:30 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Environment and Public Works

- July 22, “Oversight of Army Corps of Engineers Water Management in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Systems”

3 p.m., 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 23, “Nominations of Assistant Administrators for the EPA”

10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 24, “Oversight Hearing on Implementation of MAP-21’s TIFIA Program Enhancements”

10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Finance

- July 24, “Health Information Technology: Using it to Improve Care”

10:30 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

- July 23, “Ambassador Nominations”

9 a.m., 416 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 23, “Nomination: Douglas Lute to be U.S. Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”

2:15 p.m., 116 Capitol Building

- July 24, “Ambassador Nominations”

9 a.m., 416 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 24, “Rebalance to Asia III: Protecting the Environment and Ensuring Food and Water Security in East Asia and the Pacific”

2 p.m., 416 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

- July 23, “Hearing on National Labor Relations Board Nominees”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 24, “Executive Session - NLRB Nominations”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

- July 23, “The 90/10 Rule: Improving Educational Outcomes for our Military and Veterans”

10:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 25, “Nomination: Alejandro Mayorkas to be Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

11 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Judiciary

- July 24, “Judicial Nominations”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 25, “S. 987, Free Flow of Information Act of 2013”

9:30 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Rules and Administration

- July 24, “Federal Election Commission Nominations”

10 a.m., 305 Russell Senate Office Building