Posted: 06/26/14 19:49
by Dave Mindeman
John Kline was happy with the Supreme Court decision today. They ruled that Obama's "recess" appointments of NLRB board members was unconstitutional.
Kline says...(the decision) "will rein in his abuse of power and restored some checks and balances to our system of government,"
A bit grandiose, Mr. Kline.
The decision does not block recess appointments. The problem with the NLRB appointments is that they were made during a short break in the Senate session - not a full recess.
But the reason President Obama tried to do it was that the Senate was in its filibuster everything mode and the NLRB had no quorum to do anything. They were effectively eliminated as a body.
Which of course was fine with Kline. It blocked labor organizations from moving on any actions they might want to take. There could be no appeal to the NLRB.
The reality of this SCOTUS decision is that little will change. During the interim, the Senate changed the filibuster rules and the NLRB appointees have been legally confirmed.
There may be some question as to the decisions made by the NLRB during the lawsuit progression, but generally all it means is that the duly appointed board will revisit those decisions -- and since the make up of the board is the same, those decisions will just be reaffirmed.
Kline's GOP won on "points" but gained nothing of substance.
But Kline will crow never the less because Congressman Kline doesn't deal in substance.
It is just his way.