President Obama and the Senate Democrats’ agenda will be put to the test. GOP senators have called for the vote on the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587). The bill counters the job-killing regulations of the National Labor Relations Board. Most pointedly, the NLRB halting relocation of a Boeing plant from a forced-unionized to a right-to-work state.
Democrats on all levels have touted policies of job creation and supporting the working class. To date, the Obama administration scheme of government spending and succumbing to special interest favoritism has failed to produce economic growth.
In contrast, Sen. Rand Paul points out the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act will ease the present restrictions on growth. “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.”
Democrats have attacked the bill with disingenuous rhetoric — H.R. 2587 would diminish workers’ rights, lead to outsourcing, and is just part of the GOP’s attack on the NLRB. In reality, you cannot diminish workers’ rights or outsource jobs that are not created. The NLRB and its job-killing regulations are partly responsible for employers’ hesitancy to create jobs. As shown in National Manufacturers Association study, “the NLRB’s complaint against Boeing will negatively impact the hiring decisions of 60 percent of manufacturers.” Additionally, the NLRB has numerous rules in place to protect worker rights, without shutting down businesses and putting workers out on the street.
If Democrats truly want job creation, passing the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act is a no-brainer. Enacting it would immediately stabilize thousands of jobs for the working class. Of greater importance, the legislation would give confidence to the business community. Employers must have the assurance that they will be able to reallocate their resources without government intervention. This vote of confidence will lead job creators to invest in jobs and infrastructure in the U.S. It should be the first step in non-partisan legislation to right the economy and create jobs.