Senate Moving Forward Against NLRB?

Yesterday, when we featured a video of Senator Lindsey Graham speaking out against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and their involvement with Boeing, one commenter posed a question.

I wonder what SC’s other Senator (Jim DeMint) has to say on this issue?

Ask and ye shall receive. Senator DeMint just published a letter being sent to President Obama on this subject.

President must fix the NLRB

Dear President Obama:

In your State of the Union address, you said: “We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business.”

We agree.

Global competition for business and jobs is more important than ever as our country struggles to recover from the lingering recession and cope with the massive debt burden imposed on the economy by increased government spending.

Unfortunately, recent actions by your handpicked political appointees at the National Labor Relations Board are making it more difficult for America to win the future.

The NLRB, at the behest of Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon, has taken unprecedented legal action against The Boeing Company to prevent it from expanding productions into South Carolina, a state that assures workers the freedom not to join a union as a condition of employment.

We consider this an attack on millions of workers in 22 right-to-work states, as well as a government-led act of intimidation against American companies that should have the freedom to choose to build plants in right-to-work states.

It continues on from there in the same tone. Meanwhile, the Senate seems poised to move forward on a bill addressing the situation.

Responding to the National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint from South Carolina and Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, are introducing a bill today to protect right-to-work states from federal interference.

“The ‘Right to Work Protection Act,’ I think, is a very solid piece of legislation that is going to serve the country as a whole,” Graham said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “I do appreciate this legislation because it would preserve the ability of a state to go down that road without suffering at the federal level.”

Graham said the act will prohibit the federal government from punishing right-to-work states through contract awards or federal action.

For those of you who were wondering last month about why Congress seemed to be taking so much vacation time and trips to gambling centers in China, be of good cheer. Looking over all the news this week, they actually seem to be getting back to work. At this rate, their 9% approval rating could be climbing into double digits any day now!