Back in January, President Obama capitalized on the Senate’s generous recess allowance and placed two Democrats and one Republican on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The NLRB supervises union elections and resolves disputes between private-sector employers and employees, but it can’t operate without a quorum. The recess appointments preserved the quorum, The Wall Street Journal reports.
It was also a strategic move. The Journal explains that by making the appointments when he did, “Obama doubled to two years the length of time the appointees can serve. That’s because a recess appointment expires at the end of the Senate’s next session — in this case at the end of 2013 — or when the appointee or someone else is nominated, confirmed or permanently appointed, whichever occurs first.”