As the clock on the 115th Congress winds down, it’s looking more likely that senators will not confirm a number of nominees before the current congressional session ends and the new 116th Congress takes office. In the normal course of events, such delays don’t have an overly significant impact on operations, but this situation might be a bit different. President Trump has nominated Democrat Chai Feldblum for another term on the 5-member Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) along with two Republican nominees. Feldblum’s confirmation is being blocked by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), so Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is holding up the republican nominees. Without any movement, the EEOC will lack a quorum come January and not be able to tackle many issues it otherwise would. Similarly, Trump’s nomination of Mark Gaston Pearce to another 5 year term on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is also being blocked, so Democrat Senators have essentially set up a Democratic blockade of all HELP Committee nominees unless and until Feldblum and Pearce are confirmed. Even without Pearce’s confirmation, the NLRB, unlike the EEOC, can at least gather a quorum and decide issues.