Two top GOP lawmakers hailed the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s last nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Monday as an end to partisan politics in labor policy.
The Senate approved William Emanuel, a former attorney, to the NLRB in a 49-47 party-line vote. The confirmation gives Republicans control of the board for the first time in a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
GOP Reps. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Tim Walberg of Michigan, chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, said the confirmation signaled a “new day at the NLRB.”
“Today marks the end of a partisan era at the board, where we saw an activist agenda that empowered special interests at the expense of hardworking men and women,” Foxx and Walberg said in a joint statement. “As the committee continues to undo the damage that’s been done, we look forward to finally having a fair and balanced board that will serve as an impartial referee and protect the rights of workers and job creators.”
The NLRB’s Republican majority will only last until December when the board’s chairman, Philip Miscimarra, leaves at the end of his term. The White House has not announced a replacement for Miscimarra, WSJ reports.
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