12 February 2010

He Voted for You: Becker

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., voted to bring President Barack Obama's nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board to the Senate floor for a vote on confirmation.

But the 52-33 result fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster, The Associated Press reports.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was among 15 senators who did not vote on the cloture motion.

"Republicans have held up Becker's confirmation for months," AP reported. "They say Becker would push an aggressive union agenda at the agency that referees labor disputes between unions and management. The task for Democratic leaders turned more difficult when at least two Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the lawyer."

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