U.S. justices skeptical about Obama labor board appointments

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled willingness on Monday to rule against the administration of President Barack Obama over his attempt to appoint members of the National Labor Relations Board without Senate approval, raising the possibility of a decision that could limit presidential appointment power. It was not clear how broadly the court will rule, but questions from the nine justices in a 90-minute oral argument indicated that the bottling company that is contesting an adverse ruling from the labor board was likely to win in its attempt to challenge appointees to the NLRB made in January 2012. Obama used his “recess appointment” power to name three members to the five-member NLRB in January 2012. Presidents of both parties have made many such “recess appointments” to install officials who otherwise would have had difficulty winning Senate confirmation.

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