We just capped off another busy week in the House of Representatives. The highlight was the passage of HR 2587, the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, which amends the National Labor Relations Act so that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) can no longer force an American company to close, relocate or transfer employment.
As many of you are aware, the NLRB recently filed an egregious lawsuit against Boeing for hiring workers in South Carolina--a right to work state--instead of Washington state. I strongly support the bill because American businesses have already been hindered enough by the Obama Administration's regulatory overreach. Given our economic environment, it's beyond comprehension that the federal government is penalizing a great American company for hiring new employees in one state over another. Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate should take up HR 2587 right away.
Also this week, President Obama sent the American Jobs Act to Congress. We all recognize how serious America's unemployment crisis is; both parties want to find solutions to the problem. However, I was disappointed that most of the proposals within the President's plan offer only short-term fixes to a much deeper problem. A second stimulus bill is not the right solution to this crisis.
I was also troubled to learn that the President wants to use tax increases to pay for this legislation even though he knows full well that Republicans and many Democrats are firmly opposed to them. With America veering dangerously close to a double-dip recession, tax increases should not be a part of the conversation.
In order to get businesses hiring again, the Obama Administration must recognize that the role of the federal government is not to create jobs, but to get out of the way so the private sector can. The President should immediately order his cabinet members and agency heads to scrub their departments of all overly burdensome government regulations. In July and August alone, the White House proposed over 1200 new regulations with a price tag exceeding $17 billion.
It's not surprising that American companies are hesitant to hire when they have to deal with that kind of regulatory environment. So far this year, House Republicans have passed a dozen pro-growth jobs bills that would repeal onerous federal regulations and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Unfortunately, all of these bills have stalled on Senator Reid's desk. President Obama shouldn urge Senator Reid to lay aside political concerns and put these bills up for a vote.
Despite our policy differences with the President, I'm hopeful we'll be able to find some areas of agreement and put in motion immediate solutions to the unemployment crisis. The American people expect nothing less.
Have a great weekend.