Senate ready to confirm new NLRB members

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is getting ready to confirm new members of the National Labor Relations Board, a day after giving President Barack Obama the new FBI director he wanted.

Senators planned to vote Tuesday on ending delaying tactics against Kent Hirozawa, nominated by Obama to join the five-member board. Democratic leaders were hoping for confirmation by day's end for him and two other Obama picks for the NLRB: Mark Gaston Pearce, the board's current chairman, and Nancy Schiffer.

Those three nominations were part of a bipartisan deal earlier this month. Republicans agreed to end delays bottling up seven nominations. In return, Democrats said they would abandon threats to change Senate rules to weaken minority parties' powers.

On Monday, the Senate approved James Comey to head the FBI on a 93-1 vote.

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