Sen. Graham says Boeing withdrawal 'hard to celebrate,' vows to continue NLRB holds

Graham said he was concerned the NLRB's case against Boeing was used to prod the company to make the deal with the IAM union. He called for a congressional investigation into that possibility.

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"It would be completely unacceptable for the NLRB, which is supposed to be an independent arbiter, to be used and help in the union’s bidding," Graham said. “If this turns out to be the case, the NLRB would have abandoned its role as an agency that arbitrates disputes and become an advocacy group for union causes. And few things would do more damage to job creation than having a government agency abuse its power and unfairly alter sound decisions made by business.

"A congressional investigation to answer questions about the NLRB’s role, attitude, and relationship with the parties is definitely warranted," he continued.

Graham added that he would continue blocking nominations to the NLRB "until we get satisfactory answers regarding their role in this entire saga. 

"Given its recent actions, the NLRB as inoperable could be considered progress,” he said.

The agency is set to have just two members at the beginning of next year, which would render it in unable to issue rulings.