US President Barack Obama (L) and US Vice President Joseph R. Biden arrive for an event in the East Room of the White House April 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and others for a prayer breakfast to celebrate the Easter holiday. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama would veto a Republican bill that would effectively shut down the National Labor Relations Board until certain conditions are met.
Republicans have claimed the board is illegitimate since an appeals court panel ruled in January that Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on the board.
House Republicans are expected to vote this week to prevent the board from conducting business until the Senate confirms new members constituting a quorum or the Supreme Court decides the board has the authority to act. The bill isn't expected to gain traction in the Senate.
The White House says that the bill would hurt the middle class and jeopardize workers' rights. The administration argues Obama's appointments were constitutional and valid.
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