Emanuel Vote Expected Next Week

The Senate will vote Sept. 25 on Bill Emanuel, one of three nominations that President Donald Trump has made to the NLRB. The other two were Marvin Kaplan, confirmed Aug. 2 on a party-line vote, 50-48, and Peter Robb, nominated Friday to be NLRB general counsel. Kaplan’s August confirmation created an even split between the board’s two Democrats and two Republicans. Emanuel, whose confirmation seems a pretty safe bet, will give Republicans a 3-2 majority. If Robb is also confirmed (as also seems likely), the GOP will enjoy full control over NLRB operations in Washington.

On Tuesday a Senate cloture vote on Emanuel’s nomination prevailed along party lines, 49-44, with seven senators gone for the Rosh Hashanah holiday. A cloture vote typically signals that a final Senate vote is imminent, but the chamber gaveled out not long after the Emanuel vote and won’t return until next week. Emanuel is a management-side attorney for Littler Mendelson, whose website says Emanuel has helped businesses challenge state laws that “allow labor unions to trespass on the private property of employers.”

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