Thursday, February 11, 2010
Nothing is by any means clear at this point, but the following post by the Work In Progress blog, and especially its link to this White House statement, doesn't point to a recess appointment for Craig Becker. Labor is not likely to be very happy, so much so that I don't feel confident saying a recess appointment won't happen for Becker until it's official. But I sure wouldn't bet on it at this point.
Also, here's a reminder that the remaining two NLRB appointees (Pearce and Hayes) may have to be approved together or face another Republican block. I'm not sure if the Democrats would bother just keeping the NLRB at an even 2-2 political split; we may stay in a holding pattern until a new 3rd Democratic Board member can be nominated (although having a 2-2 split is a lot better than a 1-1 split).
On the other hand, more recent reports suggest that a Becker recess appointment isn't ruled out yet. Like I said above, you can't assume anything until it's official.
Hat Tip: Patrick Kavanagh