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.”