Roll Call (01/05/12) Dennis, Steven
President Barack Obama surprised Republicans on Jan. 4 with three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Senate Republicans had pre-emptively warned Obama against making recess appointments to the agency, but the president ignored them by installing three labor-friendly picks—Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Griffin.
The NLRB was set to be inoperative this year because it only had two members out of five board slots. A third board member, Craig Becker, was recess appointed by Obama in 2010, but his term has expired. Democrats praised the move, while angry Republicans called it a power grab.