Labor Board Gridlock from Congress
Republicans in Congress are blocking President Obama from filling seats on the National Labor Relations Board which could cause it to lose some power to enforce workplace laws next year. The Senate is in recess and the GOP is not allowing the President to make appointments in the meantime. The board is now down to three, instead of five, and anther member leaves at the end of the year meaning the remaining two members could not issues decisions or make policy. Republicans claim the board makes too many union-friendly rulings that are unacceptable to businesses. Democrats claim the GOP tactic will paralyze the board and keep it from enforcing the law.