21st Century Postal Service Act

Floor Speech

By:  James DeMint
Date: April 25, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. DeMINT. Mr. President, this amendment is the Paycheck Protection Act, and it protects the first amendment rights of postal workers by requiring postal labor unions to obtain prior approval from their workers before they spend their dues money on behalf of political parties, political candidates or other political advocacy.

Unions are the only organizations in many States that cannot only force people to join but forcibly use their dues for political purposes without the permission of the members. Sixty percent of union members object to their dues being spent for political purposes without their permission.

This amendment protects their right to have their dues used in the way they intend them to be used. So I encourage my colleagues to support this freedom, this protection of constitutional rights. It is consistent with the Supreme Court ruling in Communications Workers v. Beck.

I reserve the remainder of my time.

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