Pro-business groups declare victory in filibuster fight
Business groups hailed the Senate’s failure to detonate the “nuclear option” Tuesday.
Not only does the filibuster remain intact for now, but two controversial National Labor Relations Board nominees will be withdrawn. The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) — which advocates for secret ballot elections in union organizing — said in a statement that the compromise “preserved the integrity of the Senate’s role in nominations.”
The group also called the result “a tacit admission that the President’s nominations of two illegally recess-appointed individuals led to unnecessary tension.”
“The agreement reached today preserves the Senate’s constitutional role in advising and consenting on executive nominations,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the pro-business Workforce Fairness Institute, in a statement. “It also ensures the nominations of Richard Griffin and Sharon Block will be withdrawn as they were appointed while the Senate was in session and not in recess.”
CDW had planned a six-figure ad campaign called “Don’t Nuke the Senate” to avert the nuclear option. The initiative would have targeted Democratic senators in Louisiana, North Carolina, Maine, Colorado, West Virginia and Alaska.
The group’s chairman, Geoffrey Burr, told The Daily Caller News Foundation he feared that the proposal would “open the door to using this to pass all sorts of things that people on both the right and the left wouldn’t like.”
CDW praised the Senate deal to allow a vote on Richard Cordray’s nomination to the Consumer Financial Protection Board in exchange for bumping Block and Griffin and hoped that the process of new labor appointments “can begin in good faith and in earnest.”
Similarly, some union leaders were displeased. Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, was quoted by The Hill as saying the jilted NLRB nominees were “definitely tossed under the bus.”
Burr stressed the potential future ramifications in a statement to TheDC News Foundation: “Every time you do something like this, when you skirt or break the rules, it makes it easier to do the next time.”
Not all conservatives were happy with the compromise, which Business Insider described as a win for Democrats.