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Mr. BISHOP of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 1120. What we are doing here this morning is simply more of the same. For the past 28 months, House Republicans have used their majority to engage in a relentless campaign to tear at the fabric of organized labor by voting to defund, abolish, or greatly curtail the powers of the NLRB more than 40 times. Let me repeat that: more than 40 times. None of the attempts to crush the authority of the NLRB have become law; nor will they ever become law. And yet House Republicans keep trying.
At the same time, more than 22 million people remain unemployed or underemployed in this country, sequestration cuts continue to devastate middle class families, and the most severe cuts are yet to come. Total payroll compensation as a share of gross domestic product is at its lowest point since the 1950s. House Democrats seek solutions to these problems, and yet House Republicans continue to waste our time on a bill that will never see the light of day in the United States Senate. And if this bill were to ever pass into law, its impact would be to hurt workers, not help them.
How many more times do we need to waste taxpayer dollars on political messaging bills like this, rather than pursue legislation that will actually help the middle class?
Ten more times, 20 more times?
Is this all we can expect to accomplish over the next year and a half?
Americans want Democrats and Republicans to work together. Let's end the political posturing. Let's get America back to work.
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