Craig Becker Fails to Pass Senate, ATR/AWF Send Letter to Senators Who Voted Against Cloture
In response to the bipartisan rejection of President Obama’s nominee to the National Labor Relations Board, Craig Becker, the Alliance for Worker Freedom and Americans for Tax Reform sent out the following letter to senators who opposed invoking cloture on Mr. Becker:
On behalf of the Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF) and Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) I would like to commend your vote to not invoke cloture on President Obama’s nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Craig Becker.
Mr. Becker’s nomination pended for months during which time the Senate debated the ramifications of his potential confirmation. While Mr. Becker waited to be confirmed he received hundreds of letters from you and your colleagues asking him to clarify his past statements, writings, and associations about the role of unions, workers, and the NLRB.
Republican Senators were persistent in their inquiries about Mr. Becker’s ideology and how it would affect his tenure on the board. Attempting to discover his true beliefs, you and your colleagues mulled over and dissected Mr. Becker’s testimony. After failing to adequately alleviate your concerns, you decided that it was in the interest of the American people that Mr. Becker never serve on the National Labor Relations Board.
Certainly, this decision was not fickle politics as some are suggesting, it was the result of an investigatory process which deemed Mr. Becker unfit to serve as a member of the NLRB, one of the most influential agencies in the federal government.
While claims have been levied towards Republicans that they are “obstructionists” opposition to Mr. Becker was bipartisan. Two Democratic Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) joined you in failing to invoke cloture.
You have done your constituents and American workers everywhere a great service by opposing Mr. Becker.