A 60-vote supermajority was needed to end debate over the nomination, which Politico described as "a key Obama White House nomination." The action on Becker's nomination is also a major letdown for labor groups. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a press statement, blasted the Senate's action, calling it "reprehensible" that a minority of senators could scuttle the president's nomination.
"Becker is a highly-respected and experienced labor law practitioner and scholar," Trumka continued. "He has an impressive 27-year record of advocating for and representing workers, especially low-wage workers. He is eminently qualified to hear and decide cases fairly for both workers and employers as a member of the NLRB."
Politico reported today of growing frustration among labor groups over lawmakers' inaction on some of their top priorities, including passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Kim Freeman Brown, head of American Rights at Work, told the newspaper that Congress should heed "the voice of their constituents who want change ...."