Washington, D.C. — Today, following the Supreme Court’s decision on Noel Canning v. NLRB that curbs the president’s authority to make recess appointments, Tamara Fucile, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Today’s decision dramatically limits the president’s constitutional duty to appoint leaders that keep our country working for all Americans, from making sure our elections are fair to protecting workers’ and consumer rights. This decision underscores the importance of the Senate’s action last November to allow executive nominees to receive an up or down confirmation vote. Without last year’s change to the Senate rules, today’s decision would have empowered a small, but vocal minority, to use arcane procedure to block the government from being able to function properly.
While today’s court decision will have little immediate impact, its long-term effects remain unclear. We encourage the House and Senate to find new ways to ensure that the politics of obstruction and shutdown do not limit the ability of our nation to function effectively.
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