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Anti-NLRB bill moves through House

Sep 15, 2011 4:18:00 PM - thestate.com
The U.S. House Thursday passed Republican legislation designed to place new limits on the federal government’s chief labor agency in response to that agency’s bid to prevent Boeing from running a S.C. jet-manufacturing plant.

The 238-36 vote to restrict the National Labor Relations Board was preceded by almost two hours of often passionate debate on the House floor, with Republicans accusing Democrats of stifling job growth and Democrats accusing Republicans of killing workers’ rights.

The “Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act” is expected to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But its House passage is a major legislative victory for U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, a first-term North Charleston Republican whose coastal congressional district is home to the new Boeing plant.

“Today’s vote is important for our entire nation as well as for my home district in South Carolina, where the NLRB is currently pursuing an agenda which, if successful, would kill thousands of jobs,” Scott said.

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, a Washington state Democrat, said he hasn’t taken a position on the dispute between Boeing, a major employer in his state, and the Machinists union, which represents thousands of workers at the aerospace giant’s factories there. But Inslee criticized GOP lawmakers for trying to interfere with the work of an independent federal agency.

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