Hours after enraging Republicans by appointing the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau while Congress is out of town, President Obama again bypassed GOP opposition in appointing three people to the National Labor Relations Board.

While union leaders praised the move, Republicans threatened legal action and said Obama is setting a dangerous precedent by ignoring the will of Congress.

Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the appointments “highly controversial” and said they “put the interests of union bosses ahead of job creators and workers.”

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said the appointments “may impress the union bosses but will deliver yet another blow to job creation.”

Republicans say the NLRB is biased in favor of unions, and some — including Graham — had pledged to block Senate confirmation of any board nominees.

The board usually has five members, but has been operating with three. It lost another member this week, leaving it unable to conduct regular business.

“The American people deserve to have qualified public servants fighting for them every day – whether it is to enforce new consumer protections or uphold the rights of working Americans,” Obama said when announcing the appointments. “We can’t wait to act to strengthen the economy and restore security for our middle class and those trying to get in it, and that’s why I am proud to appoint these fine individuals to get to work for the American people.”

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