1st District Congressman Tim Scott welcomed U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to the Lowcountry Monday with a tour of the state’s economic drivers–MUSC, Boeing and the Port of Charleston.
McCarthy backs Scott’s bill that was recently passed in the House that limits the power of the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB filed a complaint against Boeing for expanding in right-to-work South Carolina, when Boeing’s home state of Washington is unionized. McCarthy says if President Obama would just listen to Scott–
“That would send a new message to the NLRB about how jobs are created. That you don’t use government entity to try and scare jobs away from this country.” says McCarthy.
The bill prohibits the NLRB from forcing any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.
Out of the 238 “yea” votes in the House, eight of them were Democrats. Now, eight may not seem like much, but Scott says that makes this bill bi-partisan.
“What you don’t realize is when you get eight Democratic votes that’s like a masterpiece of bi-partisanship, you must realize that number one. Number two, the way that we get it through the Senate is a very simple equation. It’s those who vote calling those who vote in Congress, that combination equals success in the Senate.” says Scott.
Scott says to get the bill passed in the Senate–
“If our constituents will call our Democrats who are in the US Senate and ask them to put this bill on the floor, according to my friends in the Senate–this bill passes. The best thing we can do is to have a ground swell of folks demanding a vote on the NLRB bill.” says Scott.
McCarthy says the chilling affects the NLRB’s complaint against Boeing has on other businesses is very frustrating.
“This is Chicago-style politics of what he’s doing. You laid off a very good team there where Tim Scott is leading the charge, Trey Gowdy–the way he laid out the argument in committee. The way he asked the question. If this is put before the Senate, just by the sheer merit of the bill itself, this bill will become law, and I firmly believe it will because they cannot stand behind this. Their actions are driving jobs out of the country.” says McCarthy.
Senator Lindsey Graham has already introduced Scott’s legislation to the US Senate. It is not expected to pass the Senate, if it even receives a vote.