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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3094, Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CROWLEY. I thank the gentleman from Colorado for yielding time.

Mr. Speaker, I played a little basketball in my day. I grew up on a schoolyard, and we chose teams. We didn't need referees, quite frankly, because we chose teams fairly. You don't need referees here either if you have the opportunity to pick the other team. You're the A team, but you get to say who you're going to play. You don't need referees in that kind of a game because you know the outcome. You know what the outcome is going to be.

That's what this legislation is about--trying to undo the fair playing field.

Now, I have heard that the job losses in this country are because of President Obama and the health care bill. I've heard that the job losses in this country are because of Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid and all the bad legislation. I've heard they're because we have a Department of Education, and I've heard they're because we have a Department of Commerce, and I've heard they're because we have a Department of--oops, I'm sorry. I forgot. You got me--the NLRB.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to this legislation. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle have a common refrain that they want to make the Federal Government more efficient, work better for the American people, and move obstacles to create a mantra that I am very much in favor of.

But this bill will do exactly the opposite.

In fact, repealing the NLRB's proposed rule will actually make government less efficient, more burdensome, and will introduce costly delays to a process that is already rife with abuse. I think the American people deserve to know why the GOP prioritizes this bill and brings it to the floor for debate. The answer is pretty clear:

It's a thinly veiled--and a very thinly veiled--effort to make it all but impossible for American workers to organize in labor unions. That's it. It's an effort to place ideology over practicality. It has nothing to do with job creation.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

Mr. POLIS. I yield the gentleman an additional 30 seconds.

Mr. CROWLEY. In over 300 days here on the floor, there has not been a single jobs bill offered by my Republican colleagues to put Americans back to work. Instead, once again, they've put on the floor a bill to hurt the American worker, the American family.

Have you no shame? Is there no end to this? Are there any other departments we can get rid of in these few remaining days of this session?

Put Americans back to work. Stop beating up on the fair players on this playing field. Put Americans back to work.


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