Senators React to Sweeping Court Decision


The first week of the president’s second term was full, from the inaugural address, to the long-awaited Congressional hearings regarding Benghazi, to a sweeping Court decision handed down Friday, which could impact hundreds of rulings made by the influential National Labor Relations Board.


Republican Senator Bob Corker (TN) called the DC Circuit’s ruling that three of President Obama’s appointments to the NLRB were not valid a “huge victory for whoever believes in balance of power.”


Corker was one of 42 senators to sign onto a brief in support of the petitioner against the NLRB in the lawsuit.


Hundreds of rulings have been handed down since those appointments, and legal analysts wonder whether this decision invalidates those rulings.


Corker said “In each case someone might have to challenge those rulings.”


Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the third-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, said we need to take a step back and ask ourselves why government has found itself in this position in the first place.


“We’ve reached that point because we couldn’t go through an orderly process of bringing the nominees up and getting an up and down vote,” Durbin argued.