Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 96-3 to table President Obama’s veto of a Republican attempt to scupper the now-infamous “quickie-election” regulations. The move to table the override vote effectively amounts to Republicans admitting defeat on the issue.
As we wrote back in March, President Obama vetoed a Congressional measure of disapproval, which would have blocked the implementation of the National Labor Relations Board’s quickie-election regulations. The regulations have now been live since April 14, and in that time, more than 140 election petitions have been filed.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blasted Senate Democrats after yesterday’s vote was completed:
“I voted with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to table the motion,” he said in a statement. “Otherwise Democrats would be able to further obstruct our ability to deal with important issues including Iran, trade agreements and fixing No Child Left Behind.”
Democrats, however, spoke out in favor of the veto:
“Instead of attacking workers who just want a voice in the workplace, I hope my colleagues will support President Obama’s veto,” Sen. Patty Murray said Monday. She added that the NLRB rule will “make modest, but important, changes to modernize and streamline” union elections.
Because the Senate has chosen to table the veto vote, the only plausible way the quickie-election regulations could be nixed is through court intervention. We are tracking several court cases here that seek to invalidate the rules. Stay tuned for updates.
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