Oversight Committee Chairman Issa Statement on Passage of Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act

September 15, 2011

(WASHINGTON)— Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement upon passage of the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) in the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, Chairman Issa and the Oversight Committee opened an investigation into action by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that potentially jeopardizes Boeing’s work to open a new manufacturing facility in South Carolina and create thousands of jobs. The Committee held a June field hearing in Charleston to hear from workers and job creators about the likely impacts of this action. A statement from Issa, a cosponsor of the bill, is below:

“The National Labor Relations Board has acted as a rogue agency sparking outcry from a bipartisan majority in Congress and even critical comments from President Obama.

“That a government agency could dictate to a private company where it can work, who it can hire—literally how it chooses to operate—is shocking, and sets a dangerous precedent not just in the Boeing case, but also for every other business seeking to move or expand operations to compete in a global economy. The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, sets clear limitations on the NLRB’s powers that have been used in ways Congress never intended.

“At a time when 14 million Americans are unemployed, the Obama Administration should be working with Congress to lessen restrictive burdens and red tape on job creators and empower entrepreneurs and companies—large and small—to make the decisions they need to compete, to grow, and to thrive.”

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