With these votes the Senate restores the National Labor Relations Board to full functioning. That will ensure fundamental protections not just for union members but for all American workers.
For 75 years, the National Labor Relations Act has been the rulebook for relations between businesses and their workers. But a rulebook is useless without an umpire. The members of the NLRB are the umpires. Soon they’ll be back on the field.
But that is not enough. Obstruction of judicial nominees is every bit as debilitating as obstruction of executive branch nominees. The same willingness to allow, at long last, yes-or-no votes on the NLRB nominees must extend to the nominees for the D.C. Circuit and other judgeships.