LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo is reacting to a federal appeals court ruling Friday that said President Obama violated the Constitution when he appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board without the approval of the Senate. The judges said Obama did not have the power to bypass the Senate and make recess appointments.
The ruling could invalidate hundreds of decisions the board has made during the past year.
Speaking in Lumberton Friday night during an annual economic development banquet, Palazzo said the ruling is a common sense decision that's good for American business.
"We knew that he didn't have the legal authority to make those appointments because we were not in recess," Palazzo said. "It is just reassuring that the courts upheld that opinion. I know the National Federation of Independent Business was one of those that actually had to sue on behalf of the American people to do this, but it's good news for the American public because the people that have been staffed on the National Labor Relations Board are anti-business and they're basically driving businesses out of business or driving them overseas," he said.
The Obama administration is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court.