U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry voted today in support of the "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act" (H.R. 2587). The bill, which passed by a vote of 238 to 186, is part of the House push to repeal job-killing regulations and prohibits the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from ordering a private employer to restore, shut down, or relocate business operations.
The "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act" is a response to a complaint filed against Boeing by the NLRB in April of this year. The NLRB accused Boeing of opening its second production line for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft in South Carolina--a right-to-work state--as a retaliatory move against union workers in Washington state. Since 2009, Boeing's South Carolina facility has invested $1 billion in the local economy and created 1,000 new jobs, with potential for development of thousands more.
"The NLRB's complaint has the potential to create an even more hostile business environment across the country. It could prevent some businesses from relocating to or expanding in right-to-work states like South Carolina or Texas, or even cause others to shut down and lay off employees, " said Thornberry. " That is hardly the kind of jobs plan America needs as the economy continues to struggle," he continued.
The NLRB, an independent government agency, consists of five members appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. The Board interprets and enforces a depression-era law aimed at curbing unfair labor practices.
"Using the government bureaucracy to push a political agenda is wrong. We have a constitution that limits the power of government for a reason, and circumventing the will of Congress with this kind of regulation is unacceptable," he said.
Thornberry's comments follow Thursday's announcement from the U.S. Labor Department that new jobless claims jumped to 428,000 for the week ending September 10th--11,000 more than the previous week. This is the highest level in three months.
"This whole complaint is just another example of the kind of government over-reach and over-regulation that is causing uncertainty for small, medium, and large businesses alike, which has a negative impact on jobs and the economy. This is America, and businesses ought to be able to operate their businesses however and wherever they choose within the limits of the law," Thornberry said.
In addition to passing a number of bills to remove excessive regulations earlier this year, House Republicans are planning weekly votes this fall in an effort to repeal, reduce, and rein-in other federal regulations that they believe are hurting businesses and job growth. The "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act" is among the first to pass as part of this fall legislative agenda.