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 PaulDems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts Trump team prepares dramatic cuts Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy 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 ScottHaley slams United Nations, echoing Trump DeVos vows to be advocate for 'great' public schools Trump education pick to face Warren, Sanders 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 Graham: Trump would make mistake in not punishing Russia Graham to vote for Trump’s EPA pick 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.”