Republican senators on Wednesday called for a vote on legislation meant to counter the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) complaint against Boeing for allegedly retaliating against union workers.
At a press conference, Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulConquering Trump returns to conservative summit Rand Paul rejects label of 'Trump's most loyal stooge' GOP healthcare plans push health savings account expansion MORE (R-Ky.) took a similar tone to President Obama during his jobs speech last week, pounding the dais and imploring that lawmakers pass the legislation. Paul was among seven Republican senators to push for passage of a bill that would curb the labor board’s legal authority.
“I have a message for the president. If you are for job creation, you can’t be against the job creators,” Paul said. “I have got another message for the president. We have got a bill here that will help solidify a thousand jobs in South Carolina. Pass it now.”
Under the complaint, Boeing would be required to maintain its production line in Washington. It does not ask the company to close its facility in South Carolina.
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim ScottTim ScottGOP rep: No ‘artificial crowd’ at my town hall A guide to the committees: Senate Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls MORE (R-S.C.) would prohibit the NLRB from ordering any company to relocate its employees. The House is expected to vote on the bill Thursday, but it faces an unclear path in the Senate.
GOP senators attending the press conference promised to clog up the Senate until action was taken on the NLRB complaint.
“If you name a post office, you’re going be talking about the NLRB,” said Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report Back to the future: Congress should look to past for Fintech going forward CNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham MORE (R-S.C.). “This is huge in my state, to our state. This is huge to the country.”
Graham, a key endorsement still up for the grabs in the 2012 Republican presidential race, said GOP candidates need to be talking about this issue not just in South Carolina but in other states around the country.
“And if this is not an issue in the 2012 election, Republican Party, shame on you,” Graham said. “We need to take this fight to the streets and have a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”