If you have not been following the response to President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of three Members to the National Labor Relations Board (along with Richard Cordray’s appointment as CFPB Director), you’ll have plenty of opportunity soon.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will hold a hearing on Wednesday morning entitled, "Uncharted Territory: What are the Consequences of President Obama’s Unprecedented ‘Recess’ Appointments?" The hearing will commence at 9:30am in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, and will be streamed live on the Committee’s website. But that will be just the first of three hearings held during the coming weeks. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) has announced that his Committee will hold a broader-themed hearing on February 7, 2012, entitled “The NLRB Recess Appointments: Implications for America’s Workers and Employers.” According to the Committee’s announcement, this hearing held, to be held at 10:00 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building:
will provide an opportunity to examine the ongoing issues before the board, as well as the affect additional pro-union decisions could have on the competitiveness of the American workforce.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced Monday that his committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 15 to explore the constitutionality of the president’s move, which he said sets a "dangerous precedent" for future administrations.