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Senate confirms general counsel for labor board

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the next general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, the agency responsible for refereeing disputes between businesses and unions.

Republicans predicted Peter Robb's confirmation would help the agency roll back decisions made during Barack Obama's presidency easing union participation.

The Senate approved Robb's confirmation on a party-line vote of 49-46.

Over the years, the Vermont lawyer has represented companies in labor contract negotiations and in wage and discrimination cases.

The general counsel investigates allegations of unfair labor practices and is the...