09.14.11

Enzi: Administration Must Stop Getting in Way of Job Creation

Time to Put the Brakes on Radical Federal Agencies Like NLRB

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), today joined with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to call on the Senate to pass legislation to stop federal agencies from placing obstacles in the way of private sector job creation. The senators pointed to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent complaint against Boeing, which would force the company to transfer work to Washington State, costing South Carolina thousands of jobs, and deter future investment in the United States.

“It’s time to put the brakes on radicalized federal agencies like the NLRB, which are choking American innovation and job creation with burdensome administrative decisions and new regulations, and this bill takes a positive step towards that goal,” said Senator Enzi.  “The Boeing plant creates thousands of skilled, high-paying jobs for Americans hungry for steady work. The NLRB’s effort to stop Boeing from growing will have chilling consequences on other U.S. companies looking to expand their businesses. This Administration is sending private industry the message: grow at your own risk."

On April 20, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against the Boeing Company alleging that it violated federal labor law by deciding to establish a new production line in South Carolina, rather than in Washington State. The NLRB is pursuing a “restoration order” against Boeing that would cost South Carolina thousands of jobs and deter future investment in the United States.

 “Businesses need certainty before they invest billions of dollars in new plants. In an unpredictable environment, business will simply decide to move away,” Senator Enzi said.  “Everyone can agree that America should be in the business of exporting planes, not jobs.  To ensure that there are solid, high-paying jobs that form the foundation of the American dream, this Administration must stop getting in the way of job creation.”

You can view Senator Enzi’s remarks at the press conference here and here.

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