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Reid Cites Founders in Defence of NLRB

Yesterday, I reported on the Republican outrage at the National Labor Relations Board for issuing a legal challenge against Boeing for its decision to open a new Dreamliner 787 production plan in South Carolina, a right-to-work state that prohibits compulsory union membership.

Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) became the most prominent Democrat to defend the NLRB’s actions. On what grounds? Because the Founding Fathers would have loved it!

Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid said the NLRB “acts as a check on employers and employees alike” and is consistent with the “spirit of checks and balances” established by the Founders:

“The Founders created a system of checks and balances — three branches of government, for example, and two chambers of the Congress — precisely because they anticipated these passions,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

“Long after that system was created, a new independent federal agency was created in the same spirit of checks and balances,” said Reid. “That agency is the National Labor Relations Board, and it acts as a check on employers and employees alike.”

More here.


Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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