Move to freeze NLRB heats up following Obama re-nominations

Obama drew fierce criticism when he appointed Block and Griffin, among others, in January 2011.

At the time, the Senate was holding pro forma sessions to prevent the president from acting. The Obama administration has argued the Senate was actually in recess at the time.

Late last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled the appointments were unconstitutional. 

The administration is expected to appeal the ruling.

Kelly introduced his legislation last week, and had more than three-dozen co-sponsors on the bill by late Thursday.  Similar legislation is pending in the Senate.

In the meantime, Obama this week asked the Senate to confirm Block and Griffin, prompting another flare-up within the GOP. Several House Republicans — including Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerZeal, this time from the center Juan Williams: The GOP's deal with the devil Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement MORE, (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) — sent a letter to Obama Wednesday asking him to nominate “qualified individuals” to the board.

They also sent a second letter to NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce, asking him to cease the board’s work until the Supreme Court decides the matter.

Kelly’s bill has been referred to Kline’s committee for consideration.