The deep-pocketed, fiscally conservative Club for Growth will include in its “key votes” a bill that seeks to dramatically limit the National Labor Relations Board’s abilities to regulate business. “Key votes” is a scorecard that helps Club for Growth decide which Democrats — and Republicans — to attack in elections.
The NLRB, long an unpopular institution on the right, has recently become a punching bag due to an official complaint it issued against Boeing for opening a plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, rather than its traditional base of Washington state in order to avoid having to deal with unionized workers.
Republicans have jumped on the issue as an example of egregious government overreach, while most Democrats defend the NLRB’s decision as protecting fair labor practices in the United States.
Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has introduced a bill that would “prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance,” which would render the agency unable to enforce labor rules.
“The Club for Growth strongly supports Tim Scott’s bill to restrict the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate or transfer employment under any circumstance,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said. “The decision earlier this year by the NLRB to restrict the right of Boeing to build a new plant in South Carolina was outrageous. If Congress wants to thaw the NLRB’s chilling effect on job creation, they should pass Tim Scott’s pro-free-market legislation.”
The Club for Growth’s decision to key vote the issue makes it much more prominent, and more likely to get a vote in the House. It is likely most Republicans would have supported the bill anyway, and odds are the bill would be dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But the Club’s habit of involving itself in GOP primaries when it believes one Republican isn’t conservative enough could help solidify GOP support for the bill and possibly help push some Democrats facing tough reelection battles to support it.
The Club for Growth helped elect many conservative Republicans in 2010, was a prominent voice during the debate to increase the debt ceiling and was credited for blocking a series of potential compromises between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama. They are looking to throw their weight around D.C., and it is unlikely many Republicans will decide to oppose them on this matter.