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Split Senate panel OKs Obama NLRB nominees


In split votes, the Senate Labor Committee on May 22 approved President Obama's five nominees - three Democrats and two Republicans - for seats on the National Labor Relations Board.

While Democratic Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and Republican board nominees Harry Johnson and Phillip Miscimarra sailed through, two others didn't.

And the almost party-line votes on Democratic nominees Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, the former Operating Engineers general counsel, presage another partisan war on the Senate floor over the labor board and its future.

Union leaders urged the full Senate to act quickly and approve all fi...