Week ahead: GOP to unveil bill targeting labor board

Republicans are teeing up new legislation to hit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) will unveil the National Labor Relations Board Reform Act on Monday, which would roll back the agency’s ability to regulate workplace disputes.

The board has regularly found itself at odds with Republicans during the Obama administration.

{mosads}Under the new legislation, the NLRB would be turned into a six-member bipartisan agency that could make it more difficult to act. Furthermore, the agency’s top lawyer would have less authority.

The NLRB could also face funding cuts.

The legislation will be formally introduced on Monday.

The bill is only the latest salvo in the GOP’s battle against the Obama administration’s labor policy.

Republicans have often complained that the NLRB is more of a “partisan advocate” on the side of labor groups and less of a neutral “umpire” on controversial issues.

“Unfortunately, the president’s ‘Big Labor bully’ has constantly abused its authority by over regulating,” Wilson said.

Also in the coming week, on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Lawmakers are expected to discuss criminal justice reform and grill Lynch on a number of political issues like the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server during her time as secretary of State.

Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing to examine the nomination of Robert McKinnon Califf, of South Carolina, as the new FDA commissioner.

On Wednesday, House Agriculture will hold a full committee hearing to discuss federal food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).



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