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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., made the following statement in response to the ruling today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that President Obama’s recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board, a federal labor board known as the NLRB, were in violation of the Constitution. 

Isakson is the ranking Republican on the Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which has jurisdiction over the NLRB.

“This court ruling is a great victory for the U.S. Constitution,” said Isakson. “This decision confirms my belief that the president disregarded the Constitution when making his so-called recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. I hope this sends a clear message to the president that he cannot simply bypass Congress in the nomination process.”

In February 2012, Isakson joined 38 of his Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief and joined a court challenge to President Obama’s Jan. 4, 2012, recess appointments of three nominees who had yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. If the court ruling stands, the more than 200 decisions that have been issued by the NLRB since these Obama appointments were made could be declared invalid.