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Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. MESSER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act. Despite the rhetoric on the other side of the aisle, this important legislation will ensure the integrity of the National Labor Relations Board. The other side has talked about how this legislation would somehow throw this process into chaos. The truth is that it's the President's unconstitutional actions that have thrown this process into chaos.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled that the President's so-called recess appointments were unconstitutional, calling into question approximately 600 decisions by the Board. All 600 of these actions are now ripe for legal challenge. By operating without legal authority, the Board has created more uncertainty for employers, unions, and workers in an already fragile economic climate. The President's actions are an indefensible overreach of power; and, unfortunately, they are part of a broader trend.

Time and again, this President has demonstrated a with-or-without Congress mentality in pursuit of his political agenda. This mentality shakes the foundational principles of checks and balances our Founding Fathers put forward in the Constitution. The Constitution is our ultimate law. No one is above it, not even the President.

Mr. Speaker, this legislation will ensure the integrity of the National Labor Relations Board and will help eliminate uncertainty in the workforce. When the President begins to operate within the law, the NLRB's work will begin again. I strongly urge my colleagues to support this bill.

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