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by News on October 31, 2011

in Union Politics and Transparency

AP/The Washington Post

Frustrated with union-friendly decisions from the National Labor Relations Board, Republicans hope to cut off the agency’s power by denying President Barack Obama the chance to name members while the Senate is in recess.

The five-member board is now down to three members, and another will leave at the end of the year. The remaining two members could not legally issue decisions or make new rules.

“What they would be doing quite explicitly is trying to keep an agency from functioning through this maneuver,” said former board member Wilma Liebman, a Democratic appointee whose term ended in August.

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