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Congressman Rivera to Obama Administration: Stop Trying to Decide Where Businesses Can Create Jobs

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Location: Washington, DC

The House of Representatives voted to approve the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act on Thursday. The bill would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from dictating where an employer can locate jobs in the United States.

Congressman Rivera voted in favor of the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act as another common sense reform from House Republicans that facilitates job creation.

"In recent years the NLRB has advanced a culture of favoritism that has threatened job creation and private sector job growth in the United States," Congressman Rivera said.

"In April the NLRB took it a step further and filed a complaint against Boeing in an attempt to force the company to relocate thousands of newly-created jobs from South Carolina to the Boeing facility in Washington state. It seems to make no difference to the NLRB that no workers in the Washington state facility lost their jobs as a result of the new South Carolina location.

"Boeing employs more than 100,000 Americans, including 1,700 people in my home state of Florida. They are committed to American manufacturing, but that may not be the case for much longer with these onerous restrictions on the part of the NLRB.

"However, the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act is not only about the NLRB's complaint against Boeing. That is just the latest example of that body overreaching and stifling job creation. The Obama Administration must stop trying to decide where businesses can create jobs. That is simply not an appropriate role for government.

"The NLRB is supposed to hold employers accountable for unlawful labor practices, to prevent abuses against employees. It is not supposed to dictate where a private business can or cannot create jobs. At a time when more than 14 million Americans are unemployed, we can ill afford further barriers to job creation and American investment.

"This bill will preserve worker protections while fostering a positive environment where employers can feel comfortable hiring new people and investing in new projects," Congressman Rivera concluded.


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