Can GOP effort to defang NLRB win bipartisan support?

posted at 1:36 pm on May 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Senate Republicans have proposed a change to the National Labor Relations Act that will block the National Labor Relations Board from interfering in corporate decisions to open facilities in “right to work” states.  Such states require “open shops,” which prevent unions from collecting dues involuntarily from workers.  But will the bill have a chance in the Senate while controlled by Democrats?  Sean Higgins at IBD takes a look at the map and says … maybe:

The legislation would amend the National Labor Relations Act, which governs labor-management relations and created the NLRB. The proposal has not been formally introduced. The lawmakers are still working on the details, the aide said.

“We’ve got to pass this bill to stop this administration from bullying American workers,” DeMint said in an email to IBD. “Businesses have the right to invest in any state in America and states shouldn’t be penalized for protecting the rights of their citizens not to be forced to pay union dues.”

The bill would likely have bipartisan support if framed as an effort to protect the 22 mostly Southern states with right-to-work laws. Ten Senate Democrats represent those states.

The interior West and Midwest also has a strong right-to-work showing, with only Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and New Mexico allowing closed shops and forced union dues collections.  However, only a handful of Democrats represent these states: Harry Reid in Nevada (who just won re-election), Tim Johnson in South Dakota, Tom Harkin in Iowa, and the already-endangered Ben Nelson of Nebraska.  Kent Conrad in North Dakota has already announced his retirement.

In the South, though, Higgins is right.  Senators like Kay Hagan (NC), Bill Nelson (FL), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AK, up for re-election in 2014) will not relish the thought of explaining why they voted to keep businesses from locating in their business-friendly home states.  Other Democrats in less-friendly states may have a good argument to vote against the bill, however, even those inclined towards conservative positions in tough election years.  Joe Manchin, for instance, has sided with the GOP on budget matters and less reliably on environmental concerns, but West Virginia is not a right-to-work state.  He might be tempted to oppose the effort led by Jim DeMint as a protectionist measure, as well as to curry favor with party leadership.

Even if DeMint gets all ten Southern Democrats, though, it will still fall short of a cloture vote — which Reid is likely to demand on such a bill, at least if it comes as a stand-alone.  It will also fall far short of a veto-proof number, which means that DeMint will need to attach the bill to something the White House desperately needs.  And as luck would have it, the White House desperately needs a raise in the statutory debt limit this summer.  What are the odds that DeMint might look to attach this bill and dare Obama to veto the debt-ceiling hike?


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What are the odds that DeMint might look to attach this bill and dare Obama to veto the debt-ceiling hike?

DeMint might just do something like that. This is a losing issue for Dems though. It’s already p-ssed off South Carolina, and once word gets out across the country that Obama is stifling job creation to curry favor with unions(and blue states), it’ll only make matters worse.

Doughboy on May 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

The Democrats are owned by the unions. Unions over jobs. GOP can’t win this one until the elections.

WannabeAnglican on May 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

What are the odds that DeMint might look to attach this bill and dare Obama to veto the debt-ceiling hike?

If he doesn’t, he passed up a golden opportunity. I hope he’s smarter than that.

Rebar on May 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businesses

by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:27am

President Obama has the opportunity to prove that he cares about keeping jobs for working class families in America. He can speak up about his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who have their boots on The Boeing Company’s neck. Does the President support the rights of businesses and working class people in right-to-work states to make sound decisions without government regulatory agencies unfairly punishing them? Does the President realize the real concern here is not that businesses will choose to locate in one state over another? It’s that businesses will choose to locate in other countries because thanks to the Obama administration’s job killing policies and over-reaching regulatory boards the business climate in the United States is growing toxic. South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint reminded President Obama that the President said in his State of the Union address: “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business.” I agree with this sentiment, Mr. President. If we want to keep good paying jobs for working class families in the United States then you shouldn’t pit South Carolina against Washington state because eventually every state will suffer when businesses declare “enough is enough” with these tactics and decide to relocate in more business-friendly countries. – Sarah Palin

takeamericabackin10 on May 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

The Democrats and the Republicans are owned by big business and the financial industry. Oligarchy over decent living standards. We can’t win this one until the two party system collapses.

Fixed.

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

“Business-friendly countries” is a euphemism for third world hellholes that allow companies to exploit and (often literally) rape their workers while paying them peanuts. Why does Sarah Palin support the Third Worldization of America?

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

How about, in the next budget, the line reads:

National Labor Relations Board – $0.00

rbj on May 11, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I can still remember Glenn Beck ranting about That Dastardly Joo George Soros’ plan to lower American wages to third world levels and I wonder: where was this man when both parties were throwing the American working class under the bus for the past three decades with free trade and deregulation? I mean Christ, “New World Order”? Since when did the American right-wing ever oppose that? They love the idea of a borderless world in which the only law is the law of capital and the “free market.”

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM

FYI: Boeing violated federal law. ARE YOU ACTUALLY SUGGESTING WE LET BIG BUSINESS BREAK THE LAW!!

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

FYI: Boeing violated federal law. ARE YOU ACTUALLY SUGGESTING WE LET BIG BUSINESS BREAK THE LAW!!

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Have a bran muffin.

Patrick S on May 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

FYI: Boeing violated federal law. ARE YOU ACTUALLY SUGGESTING WE LET BIG BUSINESS BREAK THE LAW!!

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Please cite.

Tim Zank on May 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM

You didn’t study well at Troll School did you?

This is what comes of not doing your homework. The quality of your troll posts leaves a lot to be desired. Talk to crr6 if you want an example of how to improve your trolling. Her work isn’t great, but it’s leaps and bounds ahead of your sad offerings.

sharrukin on May 11, 2011 at 2:01 PM

takeamericabackin10 on May 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

You beat me to it…

Another great post from Sarah Palin!

idesign on May 11, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Even if DeMint gets all ten Southern Democrats, though, it will still fall short of a cloture vote

Huh? I count 4, using the previous paragraph, . Yhey could probably get those 4 plus B. Nelson and possibly Tim Johnson. Might not get all the Repubs though,

BuzzCrutcher on May 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

It’s already p-ssed off South Carolina, and once word gets out across the country that Obama is stifling job creation to curry favor with unions(and blue states), it’ll only make matters worse.

Doughboy on May 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

1. Obama doesn’t care about SC since SC will never vote for him.

2. How will word get across the country….via the MSM? This is the type of stuff that the GOP should be making 30 second TV ads about. But they’re not.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:04 PM

FYI: Boeing violated federal law. ARE YOU ACTUALLY SUGGESTING WE LET BIG BUSINESS BREAK THE LAW!!

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Is this the quality of the new wave of trolls? Dude you make Ernesto sound intelligent by comparison.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Have a bran muffin.

Tell that to your teabagger friends holding signs depicting Obama as a KENYANMUSLIMSOCIALEST holding the white man down.

I don’t understand why Boeing should suffer no consequences for breaking the law while ACORN gets de-funded over deceptively edited video footage taken by a Timothy McVeigh-lookalike dildo boat loving young Republican.

But ACORN helps poor folks. So there you go.

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Libs are funny.

One the one hand they talk about eeeeeeevil CEOs moving jobs to China.

Then on the other hand they practically force every CEO to move to China with crap like the NLRB.

Actually funny isn’t the word. Insane is the word.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:09 PM

LOL AJB. You are seriously the worst troll ever. And not just on HA. I mean the worst troll ever to have trolled anything. Geez.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM

FYI: Boeing violated federal law. ARE YOU ACTUALLY SUGGESTING WE LET BIG BUSINESS BREAK THE LAW!!

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I thought your first posts on this thread were silly, but this one is even worse. Boeing broke no laws. They did not replace Washington jobs with SC jobs. They created new jobs. You sound like another Dem fool who believes whatever the Dems/media spoon feeds you.

NoNails on May 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM

1. Obama doesn’t care about SC since SC will never vote for him.

2. How will word get across the country….via the MSM? This is the type of stuff that the GOP should be making 30 second TV ads about. But they’re not.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:04 PM

1) Fair enough. He’s also doing his best to stick it to Texas. But is it a wise reelection strategery to limit the number of electoral votes that are in play going into 2012? Why not at least try to pander to every state instead of giving them the metaphorical finger?

2) There are alternative media sources. How do you think everyone in that auditorium at the GOP debate last week knew about the NLRB/Boeing controversy? The local paper? The nightly news? Hell no. They read it on blogs or heard about it on talk radio or FoxNews. Imagine how much more damaging info will get out there over the next 18 months.

Doughboy on May 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Boeing, if it has steely ones, should announce that its headquarters will leave Chicago, for the South.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM

But ACORN helps poor folks. So there you go.

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Hey lib, you’re needed at the Huffington Post….

idesign on May 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Here’s the link to Palin’s FB post in case you want to read her links.

NoNails on May 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM

2) There are alternative media sources. How do you think everyone in that auditorium at the GOP debate last week knew about the NLRB/Boeing controversy? The local paper? The nightly news? Hell no. They read it on blogs or heard about it on talk radio or FoxNews. Imagine how much more damaging info will get out there over the next 18 months.

Doughboy on May 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM

You’re right. But my point is that everyone who watches Fox, or reads alt media or listens to talk radio already knows about this. The people who don’t and only get their news from Katie Couric will never know about it. So the idea that the word will get out there over the next 18 months is not really right.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM

In a away I don’t feel any sympathy for Boeing. They left Seattle for Chicago because Chicago bought them off using Chicago tactics. They benefited from the same Chicago machine that elected Obama president. Live by the sword die by the sword.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:14 PM

In a away I don’t feel any sympathy for Boeing. They left Seattle for Chicago because Chicago bought them off using Chicago tactics. They benefited from the same Chicago machine that elected Obama president. Live by the sword die by the sword.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Boeing is far from innocent in this matter. They also have benefited from federal dollars in the past. The real victims are those 1000 South Carolina residents who won’t be getting decent paying gigs as a result of this. There’s no justification for screwing those folks out of a job opportunity because of petty politics.

Doughboy on May 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Goodness sakes, I’m pining away for the likes of crr6.

Chip on May 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Boeing is far from innocent in this matter. They also have benefited from federal dollars in the past. The real victims are those 1000 South Carolina residents who won’t be getting decent paying gigs as a result of this. There’s no justification for screwing those folks out of a job opportunity because of petty politics.

Doughboy on May 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Totally, the real victims are those 1000 people (and their families too). But Boeing is trying to make itself (not the workers) into the victim as well. In which case I say, you should have thought of that before getting in bed with the Chicago machine.

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM

I can still remember Glenn Beck ranting about That Dastardly Joo George Soros’ plan to lower American wages to third world levels… AJB on May 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Um, Beck never called him that but you just did, ya lying sack of offal.

And what law did Boeing break, the Obooba law against free enterprise?

I’d ask for a thoughtful response to this piece but you’re obviously a liberal and therefore incapable of clear thought unimpeded by your emotional problems.

Akzed on May 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM

AJB is a liar of long standing over at protein wisdom. He’s had his ass kicked so many times over there that he leaves one dropping and runs like a rabbit.

SDN on May 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

I feel strange saying this. Jim DeMint is True Conservative© and I’m a RINO, but this proposal is just too candy*ss. We need to be eliminating the entire NLRB and not just some mild tweek like this. Given some of Olympia Snowe’s recent votes, I hope she sets DeMint right about this.

thuja on May 11, 2011 at 2:35 PM

angryed on May 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Goodness sakes, I’m pining away for the likes of crr6

Chip on May 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Apologies to crr6, that sort of came out wrong.

Chip on May 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

The real victims are those 1000 South Carolina residents who won’t be getting decent paying gigs as a result of this. There’s no justification for screwing those folks out of a job opportunity because of petty politics.

Doughboy on May 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Plus the people who have to pay extra for airplane tickets in order to pay for the inflated wage demands of unionized workers.

pedestrian on May 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Raising the debt ceiling is such a big step that the price for doing it shouldn’t be limited to tweaking Federal agencies.

There are well over 1000.

The price for raising the debt ceiling should be outright elimination of more than half — and, yes, the NLRB should be on that list.

cthulhu on May 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM

AJB is not the level of troll we expect at HA. Drive by tactics, nothing to back up statements made, lies pulled out of thin air. Truly a waste of time and space.

IowaWoman on May 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM

How about making the Federal government a right to work employer while waiting for a national right to work law. After all government agencies report to the ‘people’ by way of Congress.

Annar on May 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Senators like Kay Hagan (NC), Bill Nelson (FL), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AK, up for re-election in 2014) will not relish the thought of explaining why they voted to keep businesses from locating in their business-friendly home states.

Actually, Mark Pryor represents ARkansas, not AlasKa, but there is an Alaska Democrat that might not want to force union shops on Sarah Palin’s state: Mark Begich.

Boeing is far from innocent in this matter. They also have benefited from federal dollars in the past.

But Boeing is only the tip of the iceberg. What about Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, who make cars for profit using American workers in right-to-work states? If the NLRB forces Boeing back to Washington State, will they force Honda, Toyota, and Nissan back to Japan? So that we’re stuck with taxpayer-supported Government Motors and Cry-sler?

Steve Z on May 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I don’t understand why Boeing should suffer no consequences for breaking the law while ACORN gets de-funded over deceptively edited video footage taken by a Timothy McVeigh-lookalike dildo boat loving young Republican.

But ACORN helps poor folks. So there you go.

AJB on May 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

That is funny right there. That is a pretty good parody of a leftist troll. “ACORN helps poor folks” indeed. Very funny.

Monkeytoe on May 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I don’t understand why Boeing should suffer no consequences for breaking the law

So now stating the obvious fact that unions raise the price of labor and disrupt productivity is a crime? Who knew that Obama declared free speech passe.

Monkeytoe on May 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businessesby Sarah Palin on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 1:27pm

President Obama has the opportunity to prove that he cares about keeping jobs for working class families in America. He can speak up about his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who have their boots on The Boeing Company’s neck. Does the President support the rights of businesses and working class people in right-to-work states to make sound decisions without government regulatory agencies unfairly punishing them?

Does the President realize the real concern here is not that businesses will choose to locate in one state over another? It’s that businesses will choose to locate in other countries because thanks to the Obama administration’s job killing policies and over-reaching regulatory boards the business climate in the United States is growing toxic. South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint reminded President Obama that the President said in his State of the Union address: “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business.” I agree with this sentiment, Mr. President. If we want to keep good paying jobs for working class families in the United States then you shouldn’t pit South Carolina against Washington state because eventually every state will suffer when businesses declare “enough is enough” with these tactics and decide to relocate in more business-friendly countries.

- Sarah Palin

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM

takeamericabackin10 on May 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Oops. Missed that.

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Wouldn’t mind Boeing relocating near Beaufort, SC or Savannah, Ga. Savannah is already home to Gulfstream, there is space near the airport for Boeing to build, and the runway is long enough for most aircraft.

odat on May 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

The Democrats are owned by the unions. Unions over jobs. GOP can’t win this one until the elections.

WannabeAnglican on May 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I disagree. Seems that it’s more the other way around-the nationals tend to support Democrats because the Democrats support them and the cycle continues.

Of course, it’s difficult for Republicans to support unions even if it weren’t for the Dem-heavy nature of them, as Republicans believe in maximizing free enterprise and that naturally means getting the cheapest labor possible.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

“the American working class under the bus…”

That’s two leftist cliches back to back. You’re not sneaking up on us here.

ncjetsfan on May 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM