Today, Congressman Charles B. Rangel stood up for America's middle class, voting against a Republican effort (H.R. 1120) that would effectively shut down the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charged with resolving differences between business and labor.
"Today, on the 100th day of the Republican Congress, instead of voting for American job creation, Republicans voted to ram through a bill will hurt middle class and working families, weaken the economy and undermine America's economic competitiveness," stated Rangel. "Workers, businesses, and our economy all rely on the National Labor Relations Board for enforcement of American labor laws."
Under the bill (H.R. 1120), the NLRB would not be permitted to issue any new decisions, enforce existing decisions, or advance any rulemaking in preventing and remedying unfair labor practices or defending the right of employees to join a union and bargain collectively with their employers.
"This is another in the series of Republican attacks that undermine protections that are fundamental to growing the economy and creating jobs, strengthening the middle class by promoting better wages and working conditions for American workers, and ensuring an open, fair, and prosperous economy for all," added Rangel.
President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB are fully consistent with the more than 300 recess appointments that have been made dating back to Reagan, and the NLRB properly continues to act while the courts resolve the legal challenges to the recess appointments. If the President's recess appointments are the real concern, House Republicans should urge their Senate colleagues to give the full slate of NLRB nominees swift consideration and allow an up-or-down vote, not shut down the agency and needlessly place the rights of millions of American workers in jeopardy.