Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) released a statement Tuesday denouncing President Barack Obama’s veto of the joint resolution that would stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its controversial “ambush elections” rule.
“Today’s veto by the President is yet another example of how he’s trying to radically transform the NLRB from a neutral arbiter for employees and employers into perhaps the most hyper-partisan, pro-Big Labor arm of his administration,” Scott, a member of the Senate Labor Committee, said. “When Congress, in a very rare step, invoked the Congressional Review Act to prevent the NLRB from implementing their ‘ambush election’ rule, we did it because we know that this ill-conceived rule will hurt the ability of employees to make a well-informed choice on joining a union, while giving an unfair advantage to labor bosses.”
Under the terms of the Congressional Review Act, House and Senate members can establish a vote on a joint resolution of disapproval to halt, with the full force of law, any federal agency from activating a rule or regulation without congressional authorization. The “ambush elections” rule met this criteria and Congress used its power under the act to block the rule.
The resolution passed in the Senate 53-46 in February and in the House by a vote of 232 to 186 in March.
Other Congressmen involved in the Congressional Review Act who have denounced the president’s veto include House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA), John Kline (R-MN) and Phil Roe (R-TN).
“It’s time for the administration to listen to the American people and stop placing burdensome requirements on employers that unions do not themselves have to comply with,” Scott said. “American workers can’t afford the ‘ambush election’ rule being pushed by Big Labor and this hyper-partisan Administration.”