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Wagner Statement on Putting a Check on President Obama's Unconstitutional NLRB Appointments

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement after the United States House of Representatives passed the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act. This bill responds to the legal uncertainty that occurred as a result of the President's unconstitutional recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The United States Court of Appeals recently issued a decision stating that such appointments were unconstitutional and calling into question any decision issued by the NLRB. This bill today seeks to end uncertainty by not enforcing any NLRB actions taken on or after January 4, 2012 until after the U.S. Senate properly confirms the NLRB members or the U.S. Supreme Court issues a decision on the case.

"Today, I voted to defend the Constitution and end uncertainty for workers. Too often Washington politicians try to find ways around this sacred document and I refuse to stand by and watch our founding fathers' principles be cast aside. That's why I voted for this responsible legislation, which halts any actions by the unconstitutionally appointed National Labor Relations Board. Right now there is uncertainty on Main Street and with small businesses because of the President's irresponsible actions. Whether it's higher taxes, rising healthcare costs, or job killing regulations-- this President has replaced leadership with fear and failure. I came to Congress to get things done and it's past time that this Administration started working on behalf of the American people instead of against them."


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