The Senate has scheduled a Monday confirmation vote for William Emanuel, President Trump's nominee to fill the remaining open seat on the National Labor Relations Board.
Emanuel would give the board, the nation's top labor law enforcement agency, its first Republican majority since President George W. Bush's administration.
Democrats filibustered Emanuel's nomination, but the Senate voted 49-44 in favor of cloture Tuesday, allowing a final vote to be scheduled. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office told the Washington Examiner it expects no problems with Monday's vote.
The White House is remaking the board, which had gained a reputation for pro-labor activism during the Obama administration. In January, President Trump appointed the board's then-lone Republican member, Philip Miscimarra, as chairman. The Senate approved Trump's pick to fill an open seat on the board, former GOP House staffer Marvin Kaplan, this summer. Emanuel's confirmation would give the five-member board a 3-2 Republican majority.
The Trump administration announced last week that it was nominating private-sector lawyer Peter Robb to be the board's next general counsel. If confirmed, Robb would replace Richard Griffin, a President Obama appointee known for his activist stance.
The nominations have part of a concerted effort by the Trump White House to roll back many of the Obama administration's labor policies, from its expansion of overtime coverage to its redefinition of the joint employer doctrine, a policy that originated with the NLRB. Reversing the situation at the NLRB has been harder than at other federal agencies, though. While the board's members are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, it otherwise acts independently.
Maintaining a GOP majority will be tricky, too. Miscimarra's term expires Dec. 17 and he has declined to serve another. The Trump administration is reportedly considering John Ring, a Washington-based management-side labor law attorney, to replace him.
Miscimarra has said he wants to clear as many cases as possible before his term expires. "For sure, we're going to be very, very busy as an agency," the outgoing chairman said at an event last week.