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Senate Proceeding on May 19th, 2011 :: 4:50:20 to 4:58:10
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Richard Burr

4:50:17 to 4:50:38( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. blumenthal: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i rise today to voice my concerns about a great deal of the controversy surrounding a complaint issued under the national labor relations act against the boeing company.

Richard Burr

4:50:20 to 4:58:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

4:50:39 to 4:50:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: boeing recently decided to open a new plant in south carolina. the national labor relations board's acting general counsel, lief solomon, issued a compliance because of evidence this decision was made in retaliation for recent strikes at the boeing plant in the puget souped area.

Richard Burr

4:51:00 to 4:51:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: souped -- puget sound area. now, i hope that there is no dispute about a couple of points. first, boeing is a highly reputable company that produces great products valued around the world and great jobs. not just jobs but good jobs. and there should be no doubt also about the importance of

Richard Burr

4:51:24 to 4:51:45( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: public debate, robust criticism of government agencies, including the national labor relations board when it makes decisions that spark disagreement. and i have the greatest of respect for my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who may have been critical of nlrb

Richard Burr

4:51:46 to 4:52:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: decisions in the past and of this action in the present. and there should be no doubt also about the importance of the integrity of the nlrb process which begins with a complaint, which is all we have here, against boeing and then has a procedure for consideration by administrative law judge of the

Richard Burr

4:52:09 to 4:52:31( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: facts and the law, then to the full board of the nlrb and a right of appeal to the court of appeals for the district of columbia circuit. here in this instance there have been a series of attacks on the

Richard Burr

4:52:32 to 4:52:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: complaint and the acting general counsel that involve apparent efforts to impede or derail that process and to prejudge and event preempt that process. the effect is so politicize and potentially stop what should be

Richard Burr

4:52:54 to 4:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: a legal proceeding handled under the appropriate rules and laws and statutes by an independent government agency. this issue is about the integrity of the process. at this point, there is only a complaint against boeing. this complaint was issued on the

Richard Burr

4:53:15 to 4:53:36( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: basis of statements and documents and actions by the company itself. there is certainly evidence, including at least one boeing executive's statements, that the company may have retaliated against workers. the nlrb and the acting counsel

Richard Burr

4:53:37 to 4:54:00( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: have not only the right but the responsibility to investigate and act where the facts and the law establish, a right, an obligation to do so. so no one should be trying to prejudge this case before it goes to the administrative judge and no one should be seeking a

Richard Burr

4:54:01 to 4:54:25( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: pass from the appropriate process and no one should be seeking to intimidate or to interfere with this lawful proceeding. i come to the floor today because of the prospect of exactly that danger occurring here.

Richard Burr

4:54:26 to 4:54:47( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: on may 12, chairman darrell issa, representing the chairman on government oversight and reform, sent a letter to the acting general cowns he feel the the -- counsel of the nlrb, requesting that he produce all related documents pertaining to this case. indeed, the letter has a number of paragraphs that are sweeping

Richard Burr

4:54:48 to 4:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in their scope, requesting, for example, demanding that all documents and communications referring or relating to the office of general counsel's investigation of boeing, including but not limited to all communications between the office of general counsel and the national labor relations board. the house committee, with all due respect, is not a court, it

Richard Burr

4:55:10 to 4:55:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: is not the administrative judge, it is not a proper party to be demanding these documents in the course of a lawful judicial proceeding. and the chairman's attempt to insert the committee into this case by conducting its own round of discovery at this point would

Richard Burr

4:55:31 to 4:55:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: interfere with the nlrb's ability to prepare and present its case before a real judicial officer. these actions and some others are an attack on the integrity of the nlrb, an attack on its ability to make decisions and

Richard Burr

4:55:53 to 4:56:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: enforce the law as the united states congress has instructed it and required it to do based on decisions involving the facts and the law alone. the nlrb is part of our nutritional system, part of our justice system, and it should be

Richard Burr

4:56:15 to 4:56:38( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: given the opportunity to do justice in this instance. it should be given the opportunity to protect fairness and peace at the workplace which is ultimately its mandate and its very solemn responsibility, its tradition and its mandate

Richard Burr

4:56:39 to 4:56:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: from the congress is so protect jobs and to foster economic growth by maintaining peace and fairness at the workplace. and these priorities should be shared by all of the country. i certainly believe and hope that the people of connecticut want fairness and peace in the workplace, as we do in our

Richard Burr

4:57:00 to 4:57:22( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: workplaces. the nlrb, very simply, should be given that opportunity to do justice here without improper or inappropriate interference by members of the united states congress or anyone else, and my hope is that it will be vindicated and that the attacks

Richard Burr

4:57:23 to 4:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: will cease and that it will be given the opportunity to go forward lawfully and appropriately and properly. thank you, mr. president. quorum. the presiding officer: the c will call the roll.

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