The Senate meets in the afternoon to write the latest chapter on Richard Griffin, the former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who was found to be illegally recess appointed by President Obama, and who is now hoping to become the NLRB's general counsel.

Earlier this year, the Federal Appeals Court in Washington found that President Obama unconstitutionally made Griffin a recess appointment back in 2012. By the summer, Obama withdrew his renomination, and that of Sharon Block, to the NLRB as part of a deal with Senate Republicans on moving Senate nominations.


In the late summer, Obama nominated Griffin to be general counsel, a move that many Republicans did oppose and will oppose. Last month, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senate blocks Dem measure on short-term health plans | Trump signs bill banning drug price 'gag clauses' | DOJ approves Aetna-CVS merger | Juul ramps up lobbying Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' Senate defeats measure to overturn Trump expansion of non-ObamaCare plans MORE (R-Tenn.) said he wants the NLRB to be an umpire on labor issues rather than an advocate, and has since indicated that he would not support Griffin's nomination.

Today, the Senate meets at 2 p.m., and after what could be a series of speeches on ObamaCare and other issues, members will start debating Griffin's nomination at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate is scheduled to vote on a motion to end debate on the nomination.

The House begins work at noon, and at some point in the afternoon it will consider up to six veterans bills. One of these is H.R. 2189, which would set up a commission or task force to examine and make recommendations on ways to fix the disability claim backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Five other veterans bills are up today:

— H.R. 3304, authorizing and asking the President to award the Medal of Honor to certain veterans,

— H.R. 1742, the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act,

— H.R. 2481, the Veterans Economic Opportunity Act,

— H.R. 1405, requiring the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include an appeal form in any notice of decision denying a benefit claim, and

— H.R. 2011, the Veterans Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act.

All of these veterans bills are suspension bills — any needed roll call votes will start at 6:30 p.m., and a two-thirds majority will be needed for passage.