It has been reported that President Obama’s nominations of the two current recess appointment members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), members Griffin and Block, are likely to be withdrawn by the president and replaced by two new nominees as part of the compromise agreement reached in the Senate to avoid a controversial change in the chamber’s voting rules — the so-called “nuclear option.” The legality of the controversial recess appointments had been called into question by two recent court decisions.

The nuclear option would have involved a rule change to allow the confirmation of some executive nominations by a 51-vote majority. The compromise agreement will also likely result in the confirmation of Thomas Perez as the secretary of labor. Perez was another presidential nominee who had met strong opposition from Senate Republicans.

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