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Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005

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DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - September 09, 2004)

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to House Resolution 754 and rule XVIII, the Chair declares the House in the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union for the further consideration of the bill, H.R. 5006.

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Ms. BERKLEY. Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to the Hayworth amendment. Tribal nations have established commercial gaming enterprises because of the economic prospects and to improve the living conditions of their tribal members. Before gaming, many of these tribes had little or no economic development and next to nothing on their lands to provide a foundation of commerce.

If you had come to Las Vegas when my family came to Las Vegas over 4 decades ago, you would have found similar circumstances. A remote place in the Nevada desert with virtually no economic activity. My community looked to gaming, and now Las Vegas has one of the most vibrant economies in the United States. The key to Las Vegas' success is a strong relationship between labor and management. As a result, our casino workers have good-paying jobs, good benefits, good working conditions. Workers at tribal gaming facilities deserve the same.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled it has jurisdiction at casinos operated by American Indian tribes. This decision ensures that the rights of all workers in this country, including those working on tribal lands, are protected. Las Vegas is a shining example of why such an atmosphere of respect between employees and employers strengthens the entire community.

I urge my colleagues to vote against this amendment which is one-sided and jeopardizes ongoing discussions between those parties impacted by the ruling. Rather than resolving the situation, this amendment may only cause deterioration in efforts to come to mutually beneficial solutions. The NLRB has ruled and this Congress should not overturn that ruling.

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