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July 31, 2015

McConnell: If Obama Were a Republican, Democrats Would Call Him a Dictator

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants a new slate of nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.

During a floor speech Tuesday morning in which he also said Democrats would call President Barack Obama a “dictator” if he were a Republican, McConnell made clear the individuals currently serving on the NLRB with legally suspect recess appointments won’t be confirmed with Republican votes.

“Look: To justify doing something as extreme as the left wants, you’d better be prepared to make a rock-solid case. And this is the best they can come up with? That we need to change the rules of the Senate because big labor bosses say so?” McConnell said in what is likely to be a recurring theme if Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moves to change the Senate rules if the NLRB nominees face a GOP-led filibuster, using the so-called “nuclear option.”

Reid and his fellow Democrats have been contemplating a move to set the precedent that nominations are not subject to filibusters, which would effectively change the rules of the Senate with a simple majority.

Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., told reporters Monday evening that he still opposes such a move, echoing a frequent McConnell line about breaking the rules to change the rules.

“If you’d like more confirmed — if, for instance, you want the Senate to confirm your nominees to the NLRB — then don’t send us nominations that have already been declared illegal by the courts,” McConnell said. “We’ve already said that’s not going to happen.”

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments next term on the legality of recess appointments to the NLRB. There is a disagreement between federal appeals courts on when exactly the president’s power to make recess appointments should be applied. In the case being reviewed by the Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals took a very narrow reading of the recess appointment provisions, saying they only apply to intersession recesses.

Of course, Democrats have noted that even new nominees wouldn’t ensure a path to confirmation free of procedural hurdles. Moreover, at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, even a new nominee would not be enough to get Senate confirmation.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray serves under a recess appointment that’s of the same questionable validity as the NLRB appointees. However, GOP senators have said in writing that no one should be confirmed to lead that agency until changes are made in the organizational structure.

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  1. hepette

    July 9, 2013
    5:06 p.m.

    mcconnell needs to stfu and sit down like he always does……he hasnt done one thing to produce a job for anyone. all he knows is how to obstruct. you repukes keep lauding him and see how it goes for you in 14 and 16. repukes have alienated everyone—who is going to vote for them other than the fat white pasty old denture wearing men who call themselves severe conservatives lmao

    • Jack

      July 19, 2013
      9:46 a.m.

      You dumbasses need to learn how government works, if they don’t like a guy, they say NO!. thats the law, sorry you don’t like the laws of OUR country, GTFO then you filth

      • hepette

        July 19, 2013
        6:38 p.m.

        you are the only dumbass here …………..im not going anywhere you fool.

        • Jack

          July 21, 2013
          9:26 a.m.

          Oh and secondly, McConnell doesn’t Obstruct, its the Job of the House and Senate to create laws… The Repubs control the house and 46% of the senate, giving them the Majority in Government( as in Total majority, especially in tax matters). the Dems need to stop Obstructing and attempt to negotiate.. damn obstructionists…

  2. Sparafucile

    July 9, 2013
    5:41 p.m.

    Dictator? Perhaps. But if BHO were a Republican, he’d be just as incompetent.

    Really — can’t he make a case for ANYTHING he ‘believes’ without resorting to a bogus Straw Man argument?

  3. SunCoastEagle

    July 9, 2013
    8:27 p.m.

    If not for the National Labor Relation Board NLRB coal mines in Kentucky would be collapsing right and left. Workers organized under protections of the NLRB, formed unions and negotiated underground mine safety rules. This process is in jeopardy by McConnell blocking nominations to the National Labor Relation Board. See MSNBC. Kentucky needs these protections more than any other state. People of the great state of Kentucky better vote him out quick or die doing so once the NLRB is abolished.

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