As we previously reported, President Barack Obama recently selected two nominees to replace prior recess appointees on the National Labor Relations Board.

The nominations were part of a deal with Republican Senators that could potentially lead to the Board having all five Board Member positions filled for the first time in years. As expected, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has now approved sending the nominations of both Nancy Schiffer and Kent Hirozawa to the full Senate.

The full Senate is expected to vote on their nominations next week. Although Republican Senators will not make any efforts to delay the vote, they are expected to oppose the nominations of Schiffer and Hirozawa, having previously questioned both of the nominees’ pro-labor backgrounds.