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Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KELLY of Pennsylvania. I thank the chairman.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act.

If you're sick of government, spend a couple of years here.

We talk about the American people. Please tell me that these debates have anything to do with getting people back to work. This is about a constitutional process that we're supposed to follow. This is about unconstitutional appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. That Board, by the way, protects employers, management, and labor--it's not just labor--so let's make sure we understand that.

As we come here and do this posturing, no wonder the American people are losing faith in the way this body works. If we're really concerned about getting people back to work, if we're really concerned about letting this Nation rise again, this is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. This is not a Board that's supposed to be made up of all Republicans or all Democrats, but it's supposed to be constitutionally appointed. My Lord, what are we talking about today? These are unconstitutional appointments.

You know what the certainty of this is? Here's the certainty. And this is a President that always talks about if you play by the rules, if you follow the rules and you work really hard in this country, you have a chance to make it. But the footnote is: unless you don't agree with me, I'll go ahead and do it the way I want to do it. Even though I'm a professor of constitutional law, put that aside. I know an end run on this.

Now, I would tell my colleagues, please, this is a process that we have to protect. This is not a political football to go back and forth with. My goodness. This is about fairness. Fairness is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. It's an American issue. It doesn't matter who struck John or what did past Presidents do. This has been found unconstitutional.

The only certainty of what's going on here are three things regarding the Board's current decisions: those decisions cannot be relied upon; every losing party will be justified in filing an appeal; and no prevailing party can be assured that they will ever benefit from any Board-ordered remedy.

How do you fix it?

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Mr. KELLY of Pennsylvania. Take it to the Senate; run it through the process it's supposed to run through; get them appointed the right way; and then to go forward. Isn't that the American way? I'm not talking about a Republican way. I'm not talking about a Democrat way. It's what's best for the country.

This political posturing is ridiculous. We know what the law is here; we know what the process is; we know what the Constitution says; and we're here today making it something else. This is not about class warfare. This is about denying the process.

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