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Senate Proceeding on Sep 23rd, 2010 :: 2:54:45 to 2:58:55
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Johnny Isakson

2:54:42 to 2:55:03( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: that -- so that we can have and open elections. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. mr. isakson: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. isakson: i keep hearing the argument about you shouldn't count a "no" vote and it's undemocratic. today at 2:15 the united states senate will vote on a cloture motion and everyone who doesn't vote is counted as a no because

Johnny Isakson

2:54:45 to 2:58:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Johnny Isakson

2:55:04 to 2:55:26( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: it requires 60 votes out of the 100 to get cloture. so i -- we've got to make that point from the outset, number one. number two, this is not about being antiunion or against unions or pro-management. this is about 75-year-old history in the united states of america for the essential service of commerce in terms of railroads and airlines.

Johnny Isakson

2:55:27 to 2:55:48( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: we have historically had the national mediation board rule that required a majority of the people affected in the class rather than just a simple majority of those voting for a very precise reason. because it is a permanent decision as referenced by the quotes in the letters from the undersecretary of labor. now while i understand the chairman's remark that the undersecretary of labor is just

Johnny Isakson

2:55:49 to 2:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: the undersecretary of labor, she the undersecretary of labor appointed by the president of the united states. now, while the chairman says the courts have ruled in favor of this particular ruling of the national mediation board, the supreme court has twice said they're wrong. now granted those were in other cases, but twice the national mediation board issued -- authority has gone to the united

Johnny Isakson

2:56:11 to 2:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: states supreme court and twice the united states supreme court even all the way back to 1976 president jimmy carter from state of georgia spoke eloquently about the importance of the national mediation board rules and what it takes to unionize under that versus the nlrb. so i appreciate very much the arguments the gentleman's made,

Johnny Isakson

2:56:33 to 2:56:54( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: but the facts are quite clear, that it's better for the united states of america, it's better for workers in the transportation industry and it's been historically upheld by the highest court in the land that the rules of the national mediation board serve the people of the united states america better than an alternative presented. with all due respect, i would

Johnny Isakson

2:56:55 to 2:57:16( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: quote the letter from the delta flight attendant that talked about her 31-year experience. why would you in the cause of a merger have a union request for a merger pulled out to give the board enough time to change the rules under when that election would take place. it's just not fair. i want to also say the 1996

Johnny Isakson

2:57:17 to 2:57:37( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: congressional review act is very important. congress ought to have a say so in the action of boards of the executive branch. we do have a system of three branches of government. we do have a system of checks and balances. but it's obviously been apparent as in this case and others that this administration has attempted, where it can, to go around the authority of the

Johnny Isakson

2:57:38 to 2:57:58( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: senate of advice and consent by appointing czars or in this case go around the senate of the united states by using the national mediation board. so i would respectfully submit that this is a legitimate question not of whether or not you're for a union or against one or prefer management and don't prefer a union. this is a method -- this is a debate about extending a

Johnny Isakson

2:57:59 to 2:58:19( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: 75-year-old precedent which has served the united states of america well, been upheld in 12 administrations by supreme court twice, that has been argued favorably by the 12 administrations every time it is challenged and by the present administration's documentation i have shown. and i would submit the right

Johnny Isakson

2:58:20 to 2:58:42( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: thing for us to do is to join together today and vote yes in favor of the motion to proceed on senate joint resolution 30. and i respectfully urge my colleagues to do that and i yield back the balance of my ti the presiding officer: all time

Johnny Isakson

2:58:43 to 2:58:56( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: having been yielded back, the question is on the motion to proceed to s. j. resolution 30.

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