Jan 04 2012

Graham On President Obama's Recess Appointments to the NLRB

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on President Obama’s ‘recess’ appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Graham had pledged to block Senate confirmation of nominees to the NLRB Board.


“Mr. President, hasn’t the NLRB already done enough damage?  Today’s action may impress the union bosses but will deliver yet another blow to job creation.


“The NLRB has become an out-of-control rogue bureaucracy.  President Obama, by empowering this agency rather than reforming it, is making job creation even more difficult.  I will continue to do everything in my power to put the brakes on the NLRB as currently constructed.


“I again encourage the appropriate House and Senate committees to investigate the contacts between the NLRB and Machinists Union in their complaint against The Boeing Company.  We have already seen NLRB communications, made available by a Freedom of Information Act, which shows the NLRB had a callous and negative attitude against Boeing’s decision to open a South Carolina facility.


“A congressional investigation to answer questions about the NLRB’s role, attitude, and relationship with the parties is definitely warranted.  I’m glad the ridiculous complaint against Boeing has gone away, but there are disturbing questions about possible collaboration between the Machinists union and the NLRB against Boeing.  These questions must be answered.”