Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Senate committee advances budget reform plan Bipartisan Enzi-Whitehouse budget bill a very bad fix for deficits MORE is ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Tomorrow’s joint Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety and House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions hearing -- in which members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will be asked to testify about recent rulings -- is an overreaching abuse of the Committees’ oversight role, and a blatant interference into the independent judicial process.

This hearing is a clear effort to politicize the judicial functions of NLRB, and to force that agency to bend to the will of the Democrat majority and its union supporters.  Make no mistake, union bosses are directing this assault on judicial independence, and the Majority is willing to comply with their goals at the expense of judicial integrity.

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NLRB is an independent agency that acts in a judicial capacity.  Federal courts have long held that interference in the judicial process of an independent federal agency by Congress is just as improper as the same type of interference with a federal judge.

Democrats and their organized labor supporters have already made it clear that they are not satisfied with the independent rulings of NLRB, so they are using this hearing to voice their objections.  I am not at all opposed to proper congressional oversight of NLRB or any other federal agency.  Unfortunately, it is clear to me that this hearing is far more about staging partisan political theater than it is about any of the legitimate and responsible uses of Congressional hearing or oversight authority.

When NLRB issues a decision, it is fulfilling a judicial function, plain and simple.  Like federal judges, board members should be free from undue interference from Congress.