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Kline Statement on NLRB Inspector General Report


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after the Office of Inspector General for the National Labor Relations Board issued a report documenting allegations of ethical misconduct by recess appointee Terence Flynn:

"The Inspector General's report makes serious allegations that Terence Flynn engaged in ethical misconduct while an employee of the National Labor Relations Board. Any allegation of misconduct by a public official must be reviewed. It is my understanding this matter has been appropriately referred to the Department of Justice, the federal authority ultimately responsible for determining whether legal action is necessary.

"Three individuals now sit on the National Labor Relations Board, despite never participating in a public hearing, and in some cases, sidestepping the traditional confirmation process altogether. The Senate's vetting process provides an important forum to raise and address allegations of misconduct before someone is elevated to a position of public trust. Both President Obama and Senate Democrats allowed partisan politics to obstruct the public's right to examine the backgrounds of these individuals. This report illustrates the vital importance of the constitutional confirmation process."

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